Today's scholars need laptops to compete. College applications, financial aid forms, SAT & ACT Prep - all of these are now done completely online. Scholars without laptops they can use at home or at the library are at a disadvantage. "We were shocked to learn that many of our scholars are completing their homework assignments and even writing college essays on their cell phones," says Cheryl Evans, Take Stock Manatee's Program Coordinator. "It adds another barrier to our scholars. Without the necessary resources, it's even harder for our scholars to get into a great college to get the career that will break the cycle of poverty."
Take Stock in Children of Manatee County (TSIC-M) Program and Sarasota PC Users Group have teamed up to collect used computer laptops. With a long history of recycling and safety, the Sarasota PC User's Group sanitizes the hard drive with a seven-step process that protects the donor's information. The Sarasota PC User's Group employs software similar to that used by the U.S. Department of Defense to completely eliminate all data on the hard-drives. This same "cleaning process" is used throughout industry and government. Be assured that your precious information will be deleted, and you are safe. Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Manatee County Government and dozens of area businesses have provided used laptops to this program.
Take Stock in Children Program staff and volunteers will coordinate and handle the distribution of refurbished units to our area youth. All students in the Manatee County School District are provided with access to the Microsoft Office Suite and expected to use it to find, complete and submit assignments. It is critical that children have access to the hardware that can connect them to these resources and to the internet to be effective in school.
We request that donors bring their unused, broken, or even barely used laptops to the TSIC-M Administration office located in the School District of Manatee County's Professional Support Center: 2501 63rd Ave E, Bradenton FL 34203. The Sarasota PC User's Group will see to it that the unit is taken to the shop for repair - then provided to Take Stock Manatee Scholars so they can achieve their potential in school and in college.
You can also call Take Stock Manatee, at 941.751-6550 ext. 2368 or E Mail firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange for a pickup.