With schools across the country switching to virtual classes this fall, many students aren’t sure how they’re going to make everything work.
Not every family can afford a computer, and some schools are experiencing serious delays in laptop orders. Without the technology, these kids can’t keep up with their online lessons. Recognizing this serious problem, two women in different states decided to do everything they could to help students get what they need!
Darla Purce of Houston, Texas, is a mom of two and a self-taught expert at fixing computers. She also believes everyone should have access to one, no matter their situation.
“If we’re talking about true equality, we’re talking about education, and education these days is access to technology,” she told GMA. “If we really want things to be equal for all the children coming up now, we need to make sure everybody has access to this technology.”
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Before the school year began, her neighbor asked if Darla’s 12-year-old son needed a computer for school because he had an old desktop he was looking to give away. While her son didn’t need one, Darla knew someone else would. So she fixed it up and offered it for free on the Nextdoor app.
“After getting so many responses, I said to myself, ‘Well clearly there’s a need here,'” she added.
That’s when she started collecting and refurbishing donated computers for local students!
Her son helps her make repairs, while her mom (pictured below) pitches in to pay for them. So far, they’ve distributed more than 24 laptops, and they’re just getting started!
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles away in Greensboro, North Carolina, Brittany Cleckley, the founder of iAlign Dance Company, is rallying her community to meet the same need!
“When schools shut down back in March, a lot of my students were gravely affected,” she said. “They didn’t have computers or laptops or any way to get in touch with their teachers.”
Brittany took it upon herself to find laptops they could use. Then she put out a call for help through her studio’s Facebook page and inspired her community members to step up and donate!
Since then, she has distributed more than 300 refurbished laptops and hopes to get that number even higher! She’s asking local companies to consider donating their old technology so she can give more kids the tools they need.
“We’re just trying to give as many students as possible a chance to learn,” she said.
Way to support your communities and give every child the education they deserve, Darla and Brittany! While your work is nowhere near done, we know it’s already making a huge difference for the kids around you.
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