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Potter Elementary Families Gifted Computers from Computer Mentors

May 08, 2020 - Points of Pride

Potter Elementary families receive a desktop computer from Computer Mentors.

Computer Mentors Group (CMG) has teamed up with eSmart Recycling, Quicksilver Recycling, and Wells Fargo to bridge the digital divide for 100 families in Hillsborough County.  Due to COVID-19, public and private education have moved to virtual online platforms.

“The Hillsborough County School District has done a wonderful job of lending 38,000 computers to families that need them,” said Ralph Smith, Director, and founder of Computer Mentors.  “But there is still a gap of families that have multiple school-aged children because the school district was only able to provide one computer per family”. 

Since social distancing has taken hold, it is essential that every school-aged child have access to a computer and the Internet to be able to participate in the education system. That’s where the initiative led by Computer Mentors, eSmart Recycling, and Quick Recycling comes in.  The group, helped by a $7,500 Wells Fargo grant, donated 100 computers to Hillsborough County Public Schools to make available to families that have multiple school-aged children within selected schools.

Potter Elementary had 9 families that received a computer at today’s event.

The 100 computer units include a desktop computer with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The selected schools that received computers from this initiative are Edison Elementary, Foster Elementary, James Elementary, Potter Elementary, and Tampa Bay Blvd. Elementary.   

This is Why #WeAchieveTogether.