Students Get Free Computers!

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It was a very exciting day for students at one local middle school.

41 kids received free computers through a grant program with Beaufort County Schools.

It's part of gear up, a plan to help students prepare for college.

Tuesday, some in the program at P.S. Jones Middle School got a look at their new electronics.

Wednesday, 24 other students at Washington High School will get theirs.

All of these kids are academically motivated and don't have a computer at home.

Program organizers want students and their parents to know they're there for them.

If you are a student at P.S. Jones or Washington High School, currently in 7th through 10th grade you are automatically in gear up, Bonner says all you need to do is take the initiative to participate.


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  • by tracey Location: washington on Apr 9, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    My son was given a free computer from this program.He's really grateful for this gift.The computers were given to the children who didn't have a computer at home.My son wants to be a computer programer but i never had the money to buy him a computer. I'm a single parent who works two jobs to make the bills. I'm so very grateful that this program helped my child. I just want to say thank you so much kramden institute,Gear up,& Beaufort county schools
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:32 PM
    How is this not fair? The article says that every one in 7-10th grades is automatically in Gear up and that they just have to participate. The ones who got computers were active participants. If other students had wanted one they should have participated also. Guess that would have been too much work, and that some just want it handed to them.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    Whats sad is they are taking fair out of the schools. Each student deserves one if one get one. They should put the computers at school and allow an afterschool program for those who need them. Sort of like a public forum for students. I know of a couple of children who have lost, broke, and or pawned thier computers given to them. Its not fair to pick and choose. In this world we are to be equal. Other counties do not get them at all as of yet.
  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    OR people can teach the kids to research out of BOOKS and do their homework with a PEN and PAPER. Seriously. Kids rely WAY too much on electronics now. Its sad.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    Just another wealth transfer program from the working people to the non-working people, albeit a small one. Gaurantee you 31 of the 41 will be sold and the money spent on items the parents of these kids see as more important, like crack, within the first 60 days.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Apr 8, 2009 at 01:48 AM
    Why only 65 students and academically motivated, when just a few weeks ago Edgecombe gave away over 2000 laptops while Greene county gave away a high number of laptops?
  • by Howdy Location: Washington on Apr 7, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    The computers that were given away were not laptops. the picture is misleading. The students received refurbished desk top computers. Which are very nice but not new. I wanted to go ahead and post that they weren't new before someone came in fussing about this.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington, NC on Apr 7, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    Just wondering if someone could tell me if the other Beaufort County Schools (Bath, Chocowinity, Northeast and Northside) will be included in this program?
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Apr 7, 2009 at 04:59 PM
    i wish we could do all our work on laptops... it would be soooooo much easier!
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