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MHS students participate in computer donation program

Middlesex High School senior Megan Lindsey works with a student recipient of a donated computer.

Several Middlesex High School students attending the Web and Game Design program at Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center in New Kent County recently participated in the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment (VA STAR) computer donation program.

The Web and Game Design class received a donation of 65 computers in February 2014, and the students worked over several weeks to refurbish each computer by removing software and upgrading the operating systems. On May 28, the students donated the “like new” computers to middle school families in need of a computer in King and Queen County.

On the evening of the donation event, recipient families were greeted by Web and Game Design teacher Paula Canaday, along with Bridging Communities director Dr. Steven Trexler. The students participated in the event by setting up the computers before the families arrived, conducted a presentation for the families on how to set up their new computer at home, what software was loaded on the computer, shared how the computer will benefit the students, and reviewed computer security and internet safety.

The families were then able to select and try their donated computer, and the Bridging Communities’ students were on hand to answer the families’ questions about the computer and software. At the end of the evening, the families were given a PCU, monitor, keyboard, and mouse to take home free of charge.

This is the second VA STAR donation program in which these students have been involved. The first program was conducted in November 2013, where 20 computers were refurbished and given to families of elementary school students in New Kent County.  

The Bridging Communities program is a collaboration of students from Charles City, King and Queen, King William, Middlesex, and New Kent counties, with the mission to provide high school students from these five counties with academically challenging and specialized technical education skills and training, whereby students may earn industry certifications and can follow pathways to the workforce, specialized trade programs, community college, or four-year institutions.

The Web and Game Design program prepares students with entry level skills required to enter web design, game design, and animation/modeling fields. The two-year program allows students to earn six high school credits and 24 college credits from Rappahannock Community College, as well as national certification from Microsoft in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

posted 06.04.2014

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