Students Receive Much Needed Learning Tool

1 decade 2 years 1 month ago Saturday, March 18 2006 Mar 18, 2006 Saturday, March 18, 2006 7:06:22 PM CST March 18, 2006 in News

Six-year-old twins Marcus and Xavier Washington were excited to get their own computer. They plan to use it for math homework, but also to play games. Their mother is excited too.

"I've been praying for one...From now until later on when they graduate it's going to help a lot with their schoolwork," Belinda Washington said.

The Voluntary Action Center teamed up with the City of Columbia and the Optimist Club to give away used computers to families that needed them.

"It's really to get all the kids on an even playing field," said the Voluntary Action Center's Cindy Mustard.

Parents at the Optimist Club today said computers are almost a necessity for students today and provide a variety of opportunities. The problem is many families still cannot afford to buy them. The computers given out are about 3-4 years old, but still in perfect working condition. Volunteers tested them and marked them with a purple tag to show that they're still good.

Forty-eight families applied for the computers that the City of Columbia donated to the program. Volunteers said the computers are being put to good use.

"The best part we won't be able to see because that'll be ten years from now when these kids do better in school as a result of that computer being in their home today," said Rick Mckernan of the Columbia Optimist Club.

This is the third year the VAC's put on the program and it's the biggest year they've had. They have been able to give out over a hundred computers all together.

To contact the VAC call (573) 874-2273 or visit their web site.

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