CenturyLink Commits Additional Funding to Provide Computers for Students and Families

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Low cost computers available to thousands of individuals for $20

– PCs for People is a national nonprofit leading digital inclusion by providing affordable access to technology through the reuse of professionally refurbished computers

– The need for technology is vital due to current environment

– CenturyLink donated $50,000 which will immediately impact thousands of individuals in CenturyLink markets across the country

DENVER, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PCs for People is uniquely positioned during this unprecedented time to help low-income individuals obtain affordable technology. CenturyLink is furthering education through technology by making computers more accessible to students and families for home learning, access to telehealth, and more with a $50,000 donation to PCs for People.

Tom Judd – King’s Way Christian Schools in Vancouver, WA

“In our new reality of remote learning and work, access to technology is essential for students and families. PCs for People has

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3,000 students haven’t logged on for the first week of school in Salt Lake City

And one big reason is that many still don’t have the technology needed to do so.

“I really am alarmed at how many kids don’t have access,” said Melissa Ford, the president of Salt Lake City School District’s board of education. “We can’t just leave them behind.”

Sam Quantz, chief information officer for the district’s IT department, told the school board during its meeting this week that he had 700 unfulfilled requests for computers as of Tuesday.

Those are largely in the district’s three high schools — after it prioritized getting devices to elementary and junior high kids first — and on the west side of the city. West High, for instance, has the most outstanding need, with 320 kids still needing access to technology.

East High has 200 pending requests and Highland High, Quantz said, is now mostly covered. The district doesn’t have enough computers for each student to

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Why Computer Literacy Matters During The Covid-19 Pandemic

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation, more and more school districts are continuing remote learning into the fall. Even those that are reopening are also planning for the need to close again if an outbreak occurs. As a result, districts are racing to

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Jersey City superintendent says schools have enough laptops for students, but some parents say they’re still in the dark

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The Jersey City School district says it now has enough Chromebook laptops to outfit students without computer access, but a breakdown in communication between parents and schools appears to be leaving some kids offline.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Parents line up to pick up workbooks, textbooks and school supplies for their children at School 30 in Jersey City on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.


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Parents line up to pick up workbooks, textbooks and school supplies for their children at School 30 in Jersey City on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

Superintendent Franklin Walker said it’s unclear how many of the district’s approximately 30,000 students are still without computer access, but the school system has enough devices to ensure every student can participate in remote learning.



a group of people looking at a laptop: Librarian Christine Szczepanski and guidance counselor Cathie Garofalo, at left, help parents Laura Ramirez, with her fifth-grade daughter, Marisabel, and Wanda Delos Santos, as they pick up Chromebook laptops and internet hotspot devices for their children at School 30 in Jersey City on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.


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Librarian Christine Szczepanski and guidance counselor Cathie Garofalo, at left, help parents Laura Ramirez, with her fifth-grade daughter, Marisabel, and Wanda Delos Santos, as they pick up Chromebook laptops and internet hotspot devices for their children at School 30 in

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Spring women refurbish old computers and donate to students

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SPRING, Texas (KTRK) — The need for computers this school year is underscored by the fact that so many students and parents are having to navigate virtual learning.

That’s why a mom from Spring is determined to refurbish as many used computers as possible and get them into the hands of those who need them.

“I think that education is the great equalizer and a big part of education these days is technology,” said Darla Purce.

The idea started after Purce’s neighbor came over with his used desktop computer and offered it to her son, Mikey, who didn’t need it.

Purce, who started out teaching herself about computers, wiped the memory and fixed up the machine before posting it online.

“I put it on Nextdoor to see if anybody needed one and the response was immense,” she said.

From there, she put out the call for more donated computers, and

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Students step in to refurbish computers as school needs rise

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A middle school IT club has found a way to use their skills to revamp old computers at a time when distance learning has made such technology indispensable.

Penguin Corps is a Linux club at the charter school Aspen Academy in Savage. Linux clubs provide a space for students to learn how to install and use open-source software. The students are using that knowledge to refurbish old computers for their classmates.

With the school opting for hybrid learning, the need for computers skyrocketed. 

“These kids very enthusiastically caught the open-source bug and took on the challenge of wanting to help their fellow students,” said Stu Keroff, a social studies teacher who directs the club.

Four hands work on two laptops.

Two Aspen Academy students and members of the Penguin Corps computer club work on donated laptops in Savage, Minn., on Wednesday. The club repairs donated computers for families that need computers for distance learning.

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N.J. high school senior giving back to students with free computer science lessons

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For West Windsor teen Samvit Agarwal, it started off with a love for computer science.

It turned into 300 volunteers, 250 students and plenty of happy parents.

Agarwal’s non-profit organization, CS Remastered, guides kids from grades 3 to 12 with free computer science education. It has been the goal of the organization since it was launched in late 2018, but the coronavirus pandemic has made Agarwal and his team of volunteers more driven to give back.

“I’ve been interested in technology for a long time and I began by helping kids in the neighborhood out with their technical projects,” the 17-year-old student said. “I felt as though a lot of kids were interested in technology but didn’t have the resources to start. I figured it would be great to create a program for kids to learn computer science and technology directly through CS Remastered.

“Before the pandemic, we taught in

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Miami University students had a house party despite testing positive for Covid

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Body camera video from the Oxford Police Department shows an officer approaching a group of men gathered on the porch of a home near the university’s campus on September 5, asking them who lives there.

“I’m assuming you probably know why I want to talk to you, right?” the officer asks.

One student replies that eight people lived in the house, and that at the time, about 20 people were inside. Both indoor and outdoor mass gatherings in Oxford involving people who don’t live together are limited to 10 people, per the city’s ordinance.

The officer tells the student to disperse the crowd gathered at the house, and eventually asks to see his ID. After scanning it, he calls the student over.

“I’ve never seen this before, there’s an input on the computer that you tested positive for Covid?” the officer asks.

“Yes,” the student answered, adding “This was, um,

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Chicago Public Schools begins a new year amid scramble to get all students connected for remote learning

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Surrounded by four computer monitors, Nightingale Elementary teacher Lauren Kullman joked that she felt like she was producing the Emmys. But it was just the first day of school.



Javier Lopez, 8, a Chicago Public School student at Skinner North Classical Elementary School, raises his hand to answer a question on the first day of remote learning at his Chicago home Tuesday.


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Javier Lopez, 8, a Chicago Public School student at Skinner North Classical Elementary School, raises his hand to answer a question on the first day of remote learning at his Chicago home Tuesday.

As Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday began fall quarter with remote learning, most educators were teaching from their homes, though some went to school buildings in order to stream lessons from their classrooms.

Kullman is married to a special education teacher, and the couple has a 5-year-old starting kindergarten along with a younger child.

“Our house is embracing the chaos,” she said Tuesday. “… We are just so grateful that we are remote. The challenges we will face are

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New UW dining hall restrictions raise food accessibility concerns for off-campus students | Higher education

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Food assistance resources

ON CAMPUS

The Open Seat: Students can fill out a form to request pickup for a prepackaged food box at Union South near the hotel entrance off Dayton Street. Submit your order by Thursday for a pickup the following Tuesday.

The Keep Food Pantry: The Keep is in the basement of Luther Memorial Church, 1021 University Ave. Hours are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Bring your student ID.

F.H. King’s Harvest Handouts: F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture runs a 1-acre plot of land where members grow and harvest organic produce. They give away the produce each week throughout the growing season. Their Harvest Handouts are at noon Tuesdays outside Union South.

ON BUS ROUTE

Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St.: Daily free meals are distributed to go from the CMC parking lot 4 to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to noon on weekends. Food

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