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
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:
April 6-8 - Charleston High School (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Computer distribution on April 8
125 West Main St.
To register for the class, contact Susan Brown at 479.965.7160.
April 13-15 - Forrest City Junior High School (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
Computer distribution on April 15
1133 North Division St.
Forrest City, AR
To register for the class, contact Reginald Murphy at 870.633.3259.
May 18-19 - Searcy High School (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Computer distribution on May 19
301 N. Ella
To register for the class, contact Betsy Bailey at 501.268.3517.
For more information regarding Computers 4 Kids or Internet use in education in Arkansas, contact Connect Arkansas at (800) 216-7237.
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