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BAILEY — Sixty Bailey Elementary School students received home computers on Wednesday through a partnership with the Kramden Institute and Southern Bank.
Through its Kramden Tech Scholars program, the Durham-based Kramden Institute donates computers to students in grades 3-12 who do not have access to the technology at home.
“We are so grateful to receive this grant, as it will provide our students more digital educational opportunities,” said Bailey Elementary Principal Mary Jones. “ I would like to thank the Kramden Institute and Southern Bank for funding this program and making it possible for families in our school to become more digital.”
Students who receive computers through Kramden must attend a training session at their school to learn how to operate the computer. Students must also have a parent or guardian take the computer home for them. There is no cost to the student or their families to receive a computer due to funding assistance through Southern Bank.
When Bailey Elementary was selected for the program, a survey for fourth- and fifth-grade students was conducted by the school’s guidance counselor to determine home computer needs. Once survey responses were collected, families were selected to receive computers based on need by working down the list of survey responses.
Fourth grade was determined to have the greatest need of bridging the digital divide since third grade will not take computer-based end-of-grade assessments this year and all fifth-grade students have digital devices through the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools 1:1 digital initiative.
Nash-Rocky Mount Superintendent Shelton Jefferies said the program will help Bailey students succeed.
“Ensuring students have the digital resources they need in order to succeed in the classroom is critical, so we thank the Kramden Institute and Southern Bank for providing the needed resources for many of our students,” Jefferies said. “We appreciate their generosity and are thankful they have allowed our district to be part of this program on many occasions.”
Edwards Middle School in Rocky Mount was also selected for the Kramden Tech Scholars programs and will receive home computers for students on Dec. 19.
For more information or to nominate a student, visit www.kramden.org.