Computers 4 Kids

What is Computers 4 Kids?

Connect Arkansas received federal stimulus funds and state funding through the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority to increase internet awareness, education, and use in Arkansas. Now, Connect Arkansas has partnered with eSCO Process and Recycling, LLC in Arkansas to provide refurbished, Internet-ready computers to students who do not currently have computer access in their homes.

Participants in the Computers 4 Kids program must be current participants in the state free and reduced lunch program.

Computers 4 Kids is a digital literacy training program for families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Together, families complete three technology training sessions to learn about computer components, how computers work, Internet navigation, and Internet and online safety and security. After the third class they receive a free, Internet-ready, refurbished desktop computer. Run in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Monticello, the program’s original goal was to teach 1,710 students across 57 Arkansas counties how to utilize computers and the Internet for educational activities. 

Status: Project Ongoing

Computers Distributed

2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
374 683 567 982 2606

Target Counties:         57*                              Current Counties:        12
Target Computers:      1,710                          Current Computers:     2,600+

*75 counties were served August, 2013-September, 2014. Reduced funding reduced counties currently being served.

 

Computers 4 Kids Classes:

February 9-11 - Mount Ida High School Cafeteria (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Computer distribution on February 11
338 Whittington Street
Mount Ida, AR
To register for the class, contact Nan Wilson at 870.867.2323.

February 17-19 - Forrest City Junior High School (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Computer distribution on February 19
1133 North Division St.
Forrest City, AR
To register for the class, contact Reginald Murphy at 870.633.3259.

February 23-25 - Russellville Jr. High Cafeteria (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Computer distribution on February 25
200 West Parkway
Russellville, AR
To register for the class, contact Al Harpenau at 479.968.1599.

March 9-11 - Kirby High School (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Computer distribution on March 11
2614 Hwy 27 North
Kirby, AR
To register for the class, contact Jarrod Bray at 870.398.4211.

 

 

For more information regarding Computers 4 Kids or Internet use in education in Arkansas, contact Connect Arkansas at (800) 216-7237.