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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • PCs for People and the Otto Bremer Foundation grant 50 students their own computer

  • Thursday afternoon at Highland School, a bunch of kids went home with a free refurbished computer, which included a monitor, keyboard, mouse and several software applications.
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  •     Thursday afternoon at Highland School, a bunch of kids went home with a free refurbished computer, which included a monitor, keyboard, mouse and several software applications.   
        So what it all possible? A grant through the Otto Bremer Foundation and St. Paul nonprofit PCs for People (pcsforpeople.org). 
        Students were chosen based on responses from teachers in grades 5-8. Students were sent home with an interest letter that was returned to the office. Fifty students were selected to receive computers. The only stipulation from PCs for People is that the student has to be on Free and/or Reduced Lunch status at school. A small number of children from fourth grade were included as some responses were not returned.    
        Next, the students received a postcard on March 23 to take home, and that served as their “ticket” at the computer pick-up event Thursday. An adult – a parent, other family member or friend – had to be present to pick the computer up.    
        Before the computers were distributed Thursday, PCs for People representatives in the large group room provided basic computer information and Internet safety information. After that, everyone went outside where the PCs for People truck was waiting, with a table of computers waiting for their new owners.    
        "This is an exciting opportunity for our school and families," said school social worker Tara Miller.

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