Free computers for kids? Why stop there?
At 4 p.m. today in the Moses Teen Center, 220 Carrick St., the public-private partnership group Connected Tennessee will give 26 new computer printers to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.
“About a year and a half ago, they gave us computers through a federal grant,” said Lisa Hurst, president and CEO of local Boys and Girls Clubs. “Now they are giving us the printers to go with them.”
Connected Tennessee’s “Computers 4 Kids (C4K)” program helps bridge the gap between those who can afford computers and those who cannot. Most of the children served by the Boys and Girls Clubs do not have access to computers at home.
“So this is an amazing opportunity for our young people to be able to turn in the same quality (of homework) as any other child,” Hurst said. “It is a great equalizer.”
On any given day, the clubs will have about 1,200 kids at its various facilities.
“All of our kids will (use those computers and printers) at one time or another,” Hurst said.
The printers were donated made by Lexmark International to the C4K program.
Connected Tennessee partners with technology-minded businesses, government entities and universities to accelerate technology in the state. For more information, visit www.connectedtennessee.org.
Staff writer Jim Balloch