Last updated: February 22. 2014 2:23PM - 1012 Views
By Charlene Hoeflich choeflich@civitasmedia.com

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POMEROY — In this electronic age, having access to a computer in the home is almost a necessity for students, particularly those in middle and high school, if they are to keep up with their studies.

While the schools have computers for students to use during study halls and for a time after school, that does not always provide enough time to complete an assignment. The result is that many students who do not have computers in their homes are falling behind because they cannot access the material they need to complete their homework.

In Meigs County, where the unemployment is high and economically disadvantaged families are prevalent, purchase of a computer for the home is not possible.

Knowing that Iva Sisson, of Rutland, decided to take on the project of seeing that every student in the middle and high schools of Meigs County has a computer in their home on which to do their school assignments. Working with her on the project is the Meigs Community Improvement Corp. All three school districts are on board with the project, Sisson said.

Old computers are now being collected. They will be refurbished and provided to students. Sisson can be called at (740) 742-2187 and will arrange for equipment to be picked up.

An account has been set up at Farmers Bank for those who want to make monetary donations. The money will be used to purchase flash drives and pay for anything required to get the donated computers in good working order.

A student will be able to put his or her school assignments on the flash drive, open it on the home computer, download the material and then reload it when completed and take it back to school the next day.

No internet connection is needed.

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