Oct. 10, by Nathaly Pesantez
A select group of students from Long Island City High School are set to receive computers loaded with educational software to take home today—for free.
The group of 50 college-bound students will each receive a box containing a complete computer set up, including a tower, a monitor, keyboard, and mic. A “welcome” sheet is placed inside the boxes for students to read and use as a guide while setting up the computers. Word processing applications, along with an internet browser, will be enabled on the computers, set up to allow recipients to complete their studies and to be used beyond high school.
Technologies for Families in Need, a Brooklyn-based non-profit that aims to bridge the digital divide, worked directly with the school to identify students based on financial and academic need. The process for donating the recycled, fully refurbished computers to students at this school, according to Marcos Maldonado, a spokesperson for the non-profit, began 6 months ago.
The non-profit, founded in 2013, began its computer distribution program in early 2016. Since then, it has donated nearly 500 computers to individual students and families throughout the five boroughs. In September, the non-profit donated 57 computers to students of Long Island City High School. With the 50 being delivered today, the total number of donated computers to students at the school totals 107.
The 50 students will receive their boxes at 2:00 p.m. today at Long Island City High School, located at 14-30 Astoria Blvd.
Update 11:26 a.m., 10/10: A prior version of this article said over 50 students (52) would be receiving computers today, based on information given by the non-profit. The actual number of computers given out today is 50. The article has also been updated with information on prior donations to students at LIC High School.