August 1, 2011
Giving the gift of technology. A Charlottesville organization is reaching out to help teens excel academically by giving away free computers. In this week's Stephanie's heroes CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is recognizing Computers 4 Kids.
Computers 4 kids is an after school and summer program that helps teens learn computer skills and prepare for the future.
Now the organization is making learning more convenient. It's giving students who go above and beyond a free refurbished computer.
“This makes a huge difference. Most of our kids don't have access to it in their home and technology skills are critical both for school and for a job,” said Michaela Tighe, Computers 4 Kids.
Varhiti Mallory knows that. Her free computer is on they way and she's looking forward to how it will help her with next year's school work.
“Because I don't have to go to the library to look it up I can just go home and look it up,” said Varhiti Mallory, who received a free computer.
Twins Cheyenne and Chenise recently received their new laptops. They're used to sharing everything, but thanks to C4K there's no more waiting in line to type a paper, or do research.
“Most of the time as a twin you have to share things and its kind of better we don't have to take turns,” said Cheyenne Shelton, who received a free computer.
The twins say it was a great feeling finally upgrading from pen and paper to clicking on the keys.
“Its going to make things easier because I get to type faster instead of writing," said Chenise Shelton, who received a free computer.
C4K sees more than just the convenience. The folks who work there know that having technology available at home will only enhance their academic careers. For that the students call them heroes.
“For the staff we don't think of ourselves as heroes...just lucky to do the work and be around the kids,” said Tighe.
C4K has already given away many computers, but they say they won't be satisfied until they've helped as many teens as possible have the resources they need to be successful.