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AEP FOUNDATION AWARDS $100,000 FOR 500 NO CHILD LEFT OFFLINE COMPUTERS

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 29, 2006  
Contact Information:  Kasey Joyner
270-781-4320 or nclo@connectky.org
 


Frankfort, Ky.; Nov. 17, 2006: Today, the American Electric Power Foundation presented a $100,000 check to No Child Left Offline for the distribution of 500 refurbished computers to sixth-grade students in three east Kentucky counties.   No Child Left Offline is an innovative program that recycles and refurbishes surplus computers and distributes them to Kentucky students without home computers.  The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and AEP’s utility units, including Kentucky Power.  American Electric Power is the parent company of Kentucky Power, which provides electricity service to approximately 175,000 customers in all or part of 20 eastern Kentucky counties.

 

"Kentucky Power is pleased to present No Child Left Offline with this grant from the American Electric Power Foundation," said Tim Mosher, president and COO of Kentucky Power. "Through this grant, hundreds of school children will now have the means to take advantage of the Worldwide Web and the many educational and cultural opportunities it presents."

 

"The No Child Left Offline program has made great strides in reaching the goals of Governor Fletcher's Prescription for Innovation, which includes dramatic improvement in the use of computers and the Internet by all Kentuckians," said Robbie Rudolph, Secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet. "Since its announcement a little more than one year ago, No Child Left Offline has become a national model for what the public and private sector can do when they work together to improve the lives of our citizens."

 

"The American Electric Power Foundation’s donation to No Child Left Offline confirms what Kentuckians already know," said ConnectKentucky president and CEO Brian Mefford.  "Home computers are essential tools for all Kentucky learners.  This donation will effectively serve five hundred Kentucky households and assist in bringing these households into the Information Age."

 

No Child Left Offline 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 donated by the state and private providers 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 by providing access to technology where the need is greatest. For many families, owning a computer is the first step to reaching the opportunities available through the Internet.

 

ConnectKentucky, a non-profit organization that promotes technology-based economic development in the Commonwealth, is coordinating the No Child Left Offline project with operational support from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Kentucky Department for Innovation and Commercialization. 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 this donation that funds the addition of 500 computers, more than 1300 No Child Left Offline computers will have been distributed throughout eight Kentucky counties.  Organizations interested in partnering with No Child Left Offline can submit requests to nclo@connectky.org.

 

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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.