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Monday, August 10, 2009

Middle school students get a boost with free home computers

A group dedicated to improving middle school performance provided free home computers to 250 low-income families with sixth grade students at El Sereno Middle School, according to the Parent Press newsletter. The equipment, software and training for students as well as their parents were provided through Computers for Youth, which is seeking to improve middle school student performance by improving their educational resources at home. El Sereno Middle School was selected after being evaluated for need and parental interest, Emily Simas, California director for Computers for Youth, told the Parent Press:

“The school and its parents must share the vision that sixth grade is an important time for children and parents to work together and be willing to attend workshops to learn how to best use the technology for student learning. That was El Sereno.”

More free computers - or "Home Learning Centers," as they are called under the program - are on the way. Computers for Youth will provide El Sereno sixth graders with computers over a three-year program.

Photo from the Parents Press

2 comments:

  1. Interactive Los Angeles School performance and demographics maps are available at http://www.localetrends.com/metro/los_angeles_california_home.php

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  2. Thanks for writing about our program. We're very excited here at CFY to be working with El Sereno this year.

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