Access to technology is a concern when faced with closing achievement gaps among the students in . Seeing many of her students lacking access to computers at home, Librarian Christina Mira Voigtsberger applied for a grant in January from Comp4Kids.org, a nonprofit organization founded by Great Neck Middle School science teacher Jon Zimmerman.
Zimmerman's organization collects and refurbishes used computer equipment to be distributed to students throughout Long Island and the New York Metro area at no charge. In the grant application, Ms. Voigtsberger asked for 43 laptops to be used for Southampton Intermediate School students to access the internet for teacher pages, classroom assignments, online books, and programs used by the district from home. An added benefit to providing these students with the computer equipment was noted: The students' parents would then have access to their children's grades and class assignments and be able to utilize email to communicate with the district, as well.
In February, 50 HP NC6220 laptop computers were delivered to the Intermediate School as a result of that grant application and are being utilized by students who have been identified as those with a need for and who would benefit from having access to technology at home. These students are now capable of completing assignments, accessing their teachers' websites, and using the various online resources available through the district.
For more information on Jon Zimmerman, the Comp4Kids organization, or how to donate a laptop in good condition, go to www.comp4kids.org.
Pictured are students Rosalinda Cuamatitla and Doris Hernandez with their laptops.