Students gifted desktop computers for home

Students gifted desktop computers for home
Posted on 12/13/2019
Morganton, NC – Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

In partnership with Kramden Institute and STEM West, Burke County Public Schools was able to donate 150 desktop computers to students at nine elementary schools and two middle schools. The computers went home with families just in time for a holiday surprise.

Parents have been picking up the computers from their child’s school over the last few weeks. George Hildebrand Elementary School mom Amber Magni talked about what it means for her children. She said. “I almost started to cry. I know it is tough for them when they do not have what they need for school, so it means a lot. I was not expecting this and this definitely shows how the Lord can answer prayers.”

Another George Hildebrand mom Paula Barrows said her kids didn’t know about the computer, just that they were getting a surprise.

George Hildebrand grandmother Angela Browne said their computer will be the only one they have and will be used for learning. Browne said, “It shocked me. They have never had a (desktop) computer before, and they know it is for school because we have been told there are many preloaded educational student games for them to play. We are very grateful because this is going to help them.”

Dr. Christie Abernathy, director of Advanced Learning and Innovation, worked with STEM West and Kramden to bring the computers to the district. “These desktop computers are refurbished computers that come preloaded with academic games and activities to enhance the children’s learning opportunities at home and help them complete research and homework assignments. I reached out to our principals of the schools receiving the computers and had them hand pick the families for the donation.”

The schools with families receiving computers are East Burke and Walter Johnson middle, as well as WA Young, Mull, Glen Alpine, George Hildebrand, Drexel, Mountain View, Ray Childers, Forest Hill and Hillcrest elementary schools.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “We want to thank all who helped make this donation possible, especially Kramden Institute and STEM West. Our students are exposed to smaller technology at school through tablets and laptops, and many are exposed to tablets and phones at home, but to be able to have a large desktop at home and access to all these from Kramden have to offer helps make learning more equitable for these families.”

Kramden partnered with STEM West last year to help make the donations possible through the networking partnerships. Carol Moore, CEO and president of STEM West, said, “This is the second year of the Kramden partnership. Last year we provided 240 computers in Alexander and Caldwell counties. We are so glad Burke County could come on board this year. The goal is to level the playing field for our students to provide equal access to educational tools.”

Kramden Institute is a nonprofit based in Durham, North Carolina with a mission to bridge the digital divide by providing technology tools and training. Since 2003, Kramden has refurbished and awarded more than 34,000 computers to students and families across North Carolina, with over 3,100 awarded in 2018. Kramden is supported by an active volunteer corps, with more than 2,000 individuals donating more than 13,500 hours of service last year.
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