10 Jun President Jon Cartu Writes – Jun 15 | Computer Donation Drive-Thru
WANTED: Computers to help Houston children combat ‘summer slide’
The “summer slide” threatens to widen students’ achievement gaps every summer when they are out of school. With campuses forced to close early during the pandemic, educators say a slide this summer could supercharge the loss of learning. Most at risk are the more than 45 percent of school children estimated to have no computer at home, so the Houston community is coming together to help.
The nonprofit Comp-U-Dopt is launching a donation drive, collecting new and retired computers with WiFi capability. ExxonMobil is helping kick off the drive with a donation of 100 laptops, which will help combat the “summer slide.”
“Without regular computer access, a world of content and knowledge is unwittingly beyond the reach of these students,” Comp-U-Dopt Houston Executive Director Colin Dempsey said. “Whether you’re able to donate 100 devices or one, we need more computers to meet the incredible demand from Houston families.”
Comp-U-Dopt has a waitlist of 30,000 families hoping for their first home computer and partnered with nonprofit Communities In Schools of Houston to distribute devices to students in need. Donations like ExxonMobil’s are sought to help narrow the digital divide amplified by the pandemic.
WHAT: Computer donation drive-thru
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020
WHERE: Comp-U-Dopt, 1602 Airline Dr., Houston, TX 77009
WHAT CAN BE DONATED: www.Compudopt.org/DonateAComputer
Monetary donations also are critical and allow Comp-U-Dopt to source refurbished computers as well as parts, like batteries and hard drives, to repair older machines. Donations can be made at www.compudopt.org/donations.
Comp-U-Dopt is a 501c3 nonprofit organization formed in 2007 with a mission to provide technology access and education to underserved youth. In 13 years, they’ve delivered more than 20,000 computers, 100,000 hours of technology education, and served more than 20,000 youth through their programs. With the COVID19 pandemic drastically shifting the landscape of education, Comp-U-Dopt has pivoted to put all energy and resources behind hardware distribution.