Collaboration Provides Computers and Internet to 100 Greenlee Elementary Families to Increase Computer Literacy

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Collaboration Provides Computers and Internet to 100 Greenlee Elementary Families to Increase Computer Literacy

Denver, November 8, 2016With the help of a few community-focused organizations, Greenlee Elementary will provide free computers and Internet hotspot devices to 100 Greenlee families this week. The computers and hotspots will be distributed to the students’ families on Wednesday, November 9, at 5:30pm, at the school’s campus at 1150 Lipan St.

A local nonprofit business PCs for People will distribute the computers to Greenlee families who don’t have one at home, with a special focus on Early Childhood and fifth grade households. The goal of the give-away is to introduce computer skills at a young age and to encourage computer literacy among students and families. Recipients of the computers will use them for job applications, revision of math and reading skills with their children, as well as a multitude of other uses.

Mobile Beacon, a provider of high-speed Internet access to nonprofits, schools, libraries and low income communities, is generously funding the majority of the cost of this program, in addition to providing the broadband hotspot devices for free.

 

Greenlee Elementary, in west Denver, enrolls 350 students and houses K-5 grades as well as an Early Childhood Education program. 93.6% of Greenlee’s students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch and 21.3% are English Language Learners. Greenlee serves a diverse population - 91.9% identify as students of color.

PCs for People, a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, is a nonprofit social enterprise focused on bridging the Digital Divide by providing affordable computers and Internet to low-income families and students.

Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), provides services to and empowers families, students, and community members so that they can be strong partners in the education of Denver Public School students.

AmeriCorps Urban Education Corps, strives to engage Denver families in local schools in order to increase attendance and retention with the student population.

Mobile Beacon is dedicated to providing affordable, mobile, high-speed Internet access to other nonprofits, schools, libraries and low-income communities so they can better carry out their missions.              

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