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The Learn and Earn program is back.
The first of 6 classes successfully completed the program and went home with their new computers on Saturday, the 15th of September.
Unlike previous L&E classes, this group is completely funded by us. We are actively seeking other funders for future classes.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Learn and Earn class, please contact Rick or Bob for more information. If you are an organization with students who are interested in taking the class, you should also get in touch with them.
Learn and Earn is a program designed to support the student’s educational experience by allowing them to build, and keep for their own, a computer for his or her educational use. To date, we have had over 600 students successfully participate in the program.
The students, aged 13 through 18 years, spend 20 hours learning the basics of personal computer technology. Under qualified supervision, participants learn the basic inner workings of a personal computer as they build one themselves. At the end of the program, the student has acquired a basic working knowledge of personal computer hardware and has experienced the success of following through with a difficult, yet rewarding experience. The student is also presented with the computer he or she has assembled, to keep for their own educational enrichment. To have a computer to prepare assignments on, to experiment with and even for amusement, has significant educational value.
Educational benefits include the learning and application of new skills, following complex directions and improving attention span and concentration skills. As part of the program, students are taught to problem solve and complete the task of building their own computer. Once the computer is built, the participant will use it for home-based educational use.
There is a cost to take each student through the Learn & Earn program, which includes the training, materials, the computer and printer. Since this is a program designed for students who otherwise would not be able to have a computer at home, it is our intent that the students do not incur this cost. We can cover a few students at our own expense, but to continue the program we need your help.
We have targeted the business community and Foundations as a funding source for this program. We are grateful to have the opportunity to present our funding request to you. Whether one student or a group, we request your financial assistance and sponsorship.