Ninety-six percent of the school’s students are considered economically disadvantaged, so a computer isn’t something their families could easily afford to buy. Comp-U-Dopt, a nonprofit that provides laptops to underserved children in grades 3–8, gave refurbished laptops to students who completed an essay application to show a need for a working computer.
On Sept. 13, Comp-U-Dopt and volunteers from Cobalt Energy handed out the computers and worked with students to make sure they understood how to use and care for them. The students also were shown several educational programs that are already on the computer.
Students immediately began using their computers for their classwork.
“I’ve already used it for my PowerPoint presentation,” said Stephanie Pantoja, a seventh-grader.
Sixth-grader Fernando Buenrostro Chavez said he’s using his computer to help his younger sister.
“I’m teaching her decimals using the computer,” he said.