from Alton Lions & Alton & District Community Resilience Fund (ADCRF)
An urgent appeal has gone out to both those living in the Alton area, and the local business community, for used laptops that can be re-conditioned and used for home schooling.
With some families having to home school with little more than a mobile phone the ADCRF are working with schools to identify and address the need for more robust devices. While some secondary and junior schools have benefitted from the allocation of new laptops by the Department for Education, the allocation is limited and based on student numbers.
Mr Sullivan commented, ‘The Department of Education scheme does not address the whole need and most schools remain desperate for more laptops to support children working from home.’
The unwanted laptops need to be in good condition, with associated cabling etc, and modern enough to contain at least Windows 7 in order to update to Windows 10. They will be taken to Computer Solutions in Winchester where they will be cleared, reconditioned and fitted with the relevant software. The cost of this work will be met by ADCRF.
While the infant schools have not been included in the government scheme, they too are struggling to provide enough tablets for younger children to work on. Although ADCRF will be offering grants to support the purchase of tablets, its coffers, secured from a generous public to support those suffering hardship during the pandemic, will be hard pushed to meet the demand. Donations to support this scheme will be gratefully received and can be made to ADCRF via the Alton Lions Club (CIO) website at www.altonlions.org.uk
If you have a laptop, in good condition, that you no longer use but could help a child with home schooling, please contact Lion, Moira Baker on 07969 164544 - or take it along to your nearest school.