Published Monday, February 25, 2013 3:18 pmÂ byÂ Herbert L. WhiteÂ – The Charlotte Post
More than 2,000 elementary school students in the Project LIFT zone will take delivery of notebook computers on Feb. 26.
One Laptop per Child Association will provide the laptops for students in the first through fourth grades as part of the organizationâ€™s largest U.S. effort to date â€“ with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The machines will be presented at Druid Hills Academy, 2801 Lucena St.
“We are pleased to be working with the Knight Foundation and Project LIFT in this bold endeavor,â€ said Rodrigo Arboleda, chairman and CEO of One Laptop per Child. â€œWe believe that partnering with foundations, the private sector and the public sector is anÂ excellent model that can be replicated across the country.”
The computers are integral to Project LIFT, a $55 million, community-oriented campaign to improve academic achievement in 11 northwest Charlotte schools. The program’s goal is to have 90 percent of the zone’s elementary students perform on grade level, achieve more than one year of academic growth per grade, and improve the graduation rate at West Charlotte High School. Project LIFT has offered notebook computers at a discount to families and provided free broadband access for a year.
â€œOur technology pillar has become complete with One Laptop per Child,â€ said Project LIFT Zone Superintendent Denise Watts.Â â€œThese strategies will no doubt introduce 21st century technology to our students and help bridge the technology gap,â€ said Watts.
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