GCS Newcomers School Students to Receive 100 Computers

GREENSBORO, N.C.--The Lincoln Financial Foundation and the Mary Lynn Richardson Foundation have provided the funds that will allow HandyCapable Network to distribute 100 refurbished computers to students and their families at GCS Newcomers School. HandyCapable Network will distribute the computers on February 1st, February 8th, March 8th and March 22nd, starting at 10:30 am. Students and their parents will receive a 30-minute training session that will include basic computer techniques, computer educational enrichment, and Internet safety. After the training, they will take their new computers home where they will use them for homework, job searches, communication, adult education, and many other purposes.

The GCS Newcomers School runs a 10-month program for grades 5 – 12 for students who have recently arrived in the US and are considered novices on the NC language test. The goal is to help the students build literary skills that will allow them to succeed in public schools. Students typically stay at Newcomers for one year, although the program is tailored to each student’s particular needs.

Newcomers School teaches students English, math, science, writing, social studies, and computer skills. Counselors continue contact with the students’ families after their placement in assigned public schools. Newcomers School also provides summer learning sessions for their students, tutoring for K – 12, adult English language instruction, babysitting, and family outings. The HandyCapable computers will be an excellent family resource in all of these areas.

About HandyCapable Network (HCN)
HCN enriches the lives of people with special needs by teaching them technology skills in an inclusive environment. Through our efforts, HandyCapable Network provides greater access to technology to economically challenged people and nonprofits. HCN encourages individuals and organizations to help in this work by donating much-needed funds and computers. Since 2006, HCN has recycled thousands of computers, refurbished them, and provided them to low-income families throughout the Triad to help them bridge the digital divide.

Individuals and organizations interested in helping HCN make a difference in the community can make financial contributions and can also donate used computers. Visitors are invited to tour HCN’s facilities and meet our Handy Techs. Look for HandyCapable on line at http://www.handycapable.org or call 336.825-8802.