Computers 4 Kids Delivers to PES
Thanks to the efforts of a statewide program, over two dozen local families received Internet-ready computers recently. The computers were provided to 27 families of students at Piggott Elementary School through the Computers 4 Kids program of Connect Arkansas.
"We had a three-day digital literacy program presented to nearly 30 families on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday earlier this month," noted PES Principal Leann Mann. "And, all those who completed all three sessions got a free computer."
The effort by Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, seeks to educate Arkansas children and families about the Internet, and its relevance in today's society.
"The program is based in Little Rock, and the instructor is from Monticello, and I've been trying for some time to get them to come here," Mann added. "All those students who were signed-up for free and reduced lunches were eligible to participate."
Connect Arkansas received federal stimulus grants, and state funds, to increase Internet awareness, education and use in Arkansas. As part of those grants, Connect Arkansas partnered with the University of Arkansas at Monticello to develop the Computers 4 Kids program. Under the program they worked with Arkansas-based computer distributor eSCO Recycling to provide refurbished Internet-ready computers.
"We are very pleased with the success of the Computers 4 Kids program," said Sam Walls III, president of Connect Arkansas. "The families who receive the computers are now better equipped for success in today's educational environment."
Walls indicated since the program's inception more than 2,200 families have received the digital literacy training and free computers.
"It was just great to see the looks on the kid's faces when they got their computers," Mann noted. "And, I want to say a big thank-you to all the parents for giving up their evenings and attending all three of the sessions."
The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group of companies empower entrepreneurs by providing capital in conjunction with community banks to businesses through its capital availability products and advocating for entrepreneurs through capital, educational and technological improvements. The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group serves as the platform from which new opportunities are launched. In addition to the flagship company, Arkansas Capital Corporation, there are seven affiliate and partner companies, including, Six Bridges Capital Corporation, Arkansas Capital Relending Corporation, Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation, Heartland Renaissance Fund, Connect Arkansas, Pine State Regional Center, and SouthWind Analytics. Those wanting to learn more may visit www.arcapital.com
Connect Arkansas, established in 2007, is dedicated to increasing high-speed Internet subscription and improving and sustaining Internet adoption throughout Arkansas. The Connect Arkansas Broadband Act was signed into law on March 28, 2007, with the goal of improving personal lives and creating economic opportunity for Arkansans. Act 604 of 2007 states that Connect Arkansas's mission is to "prepare the people and businesses of Arkansas to secure the economic, educational, health, social, and other benefits available via broadband use." Connect Arkansas seeks to advance that goal through community-based initiatives.