During Teacher Appreciation Week 2016, GadellNet was able to donate two outdated computers to KIPP Indy. KIPP is a network of tuition-free, open-enrollment, college preparatory, public charter schools. KIPP seeks to prepare students from K-8th grade in under-served communities for success in college. They also help students lead lives of choice, and make positive contributions to the communities in which they live.
Since KIPP Indy was founded in 2004, they have grown from one 5th grade class to two schools taking in 100 kindergartners in 2014.
GadellNet collaborated with Mr. Pillow at KIPP Indy. He teaches tech to students. He was able to take these computers that would have been otherwise unusable, and make them into a learning tool. His class took these computers apart to learn more about the components. One computer has a floppy disk, something these youngsters had never seen.
Here is a note from Mr. Pillow after receiving the computers:
Wow this is amazing. I was just trying to schedule a time to leave work and go pick up the
desktops when she showed up. Thank you so much. The students brought them up and immediately went to
work on them. One of them even has a floppy drive so I can stop having to explain what that is. Now we have
3 computers we can start labeling instead of just ones… which means I can do it as a class activity.
We couldn’t be happier that we could contribute a small part of fostering these students’ curiosity and love for learning.