Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents Free, Refurbished Computers to Lawrence County Students
105 families receive computers following donation from American Electric Power Foundation
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Fletcher visited Lawrence County today to present free home computers, software and printers to 105 sixth-grade students and their families through the No Child Left Offline program.
It was the seventh distribution of computers through No Child Left Offline, an innovative program in which surplus computers are refurbished and distributed to middle school students who otherwise would have no home access to the world of online information and communication.
American Electric Power Foundation is funding 500 computers through No Child Left Offline, including the 105 distributed today. American Electric Power is the parent company of Kentucky Power, which provides utility service to approximately 175,000 customers in all or parts of 20 eastern Kentucky counties.
“The American Electric Power Foundation is investing in our communities in an outstanding way,” Governor Fletcher said. “For these students and their families, a computer provides an opportunity unlike any other and allows them to reach the entire world from Lawrence County.”
“This AEP Foundation grant exemplifies the importance that AEP and Kentucky Power place on education. It is less about hard drives, RAM, and monitors, and more about educational opportunities for Kentucky students,” said Tim Mosher, president and chief operating officer of Kentucky Power, on the Foundation’s behalf. “These computers will provide knowledge, information and insight at their fingertips. The Foundation is pleased to be a part of this initiative.”
No Child Left Offline, a ConnectKentucky program, brings together public and private partners to help Kentucky households join the Information Age. The program is the most comprehensive initiative of its kind undertaken by any state in the nation. It ensures that thousands of computers will be saved from landfills and used for the benefit of Kentucky families.
Today, approximately 215,000 Kentucky children live in homes without computers. No Child Left Offline is designed to help those families, providing access to technology where there is the greatest need. For many families, owning a computer is the first step to reaching the world of opportunities available through the Internet.
ConnectKentucky, a non-profit organization that promotes technology-based economic development in the commonwealth, is coordinating the project with operational support from the Kentucky Department for Commercialization and Innovation and the Governor’s Office for Local Development. Additional state support is provided by the Education Cabinet, the Commonwealth Office of Technology and Kentucky Correctional Industries. Microsoft Corporation, CA, Inc. and Lexmark International donated software and printers to the project.
With the AEP Foundation donation, nearly 1,300 No Child Left Offline computers have been distributed to families in seven Kentucky counties. Groups interested in participating can submit requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About No Child Left Offline: No Child Left Offline is an innovative program that puts quality computers in the homes of students that need them most. Through the support of public and private partners, No Child Left Offline is bringing Kentuckians into the information age.
About ConnectKentucky: ConnectKentucky is leading the way into a new economy for Kentuckians. As an independent technology-based economic development organization, ConnectKentucky works to ensure that Kentucky remains the place of choice to work, live and raise a family. ConnectKentucky is an alliance of technology-minded businesses, government entities, and universities working together to accelerate technology in the Commonwealth.