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Computers for Low Income Kids in the George Washington High School Patriot Pairs Mentoring Program

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The Patriot Pairs Mentoring Program is an important way in which George Washington High School, an inner city school in Denver, Colorado, is addressing the achievement gap and helping struggling students. Mentors meet with incoming freshmen once each week during first period and help the students adjust to high school by helping them with homework, working with them on study skills, fostering good attendance and study habits, and providing encouragement and accountability. All mentors, as well as the coordinator of the program, are volunteers. The program is launching in August with 20 incoming freshmen. The mentees in our program will be low income students who qualify for the "free or reduced lunch" federal program. They suffer from the digital divide impacting many low income families. Comcast is donating 10 new laptops to the program. Since we will have 20 mentees this year, we need 10 additional computers. We have received a quote for the 10 computers from Community Computer Connection, a Denver nonprofit, whose mission is to collect working computer equipment that might otherwise be discarded or recycled, clean and recondition the equipment, and then provide quality computer equipment to nonprofits and educational institutions for a reasonable cost so that they have the necessary tools to accomplish their own missions. The quote from Community Computer Connection is $1,396.50 for ten Dell Latitude D630 C2D 2.2GHz 2GB RAM 120 GB SATA Laptop computers.

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