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Ground Control Donates Laptops to local schools

Ground Control Donates Laptops to local schools

Ground Control have donated laptops to pupils at local schools to help tackle digital poverty.

School closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic have meant pupils now need computers, laptops or tablets to keep up with online lessons and schoolwork while at home. The lockdown and the closure of schools has exposed the digital divide with many children and families suffering because they do not have a computer.

Ground Control donated 20 laptops after cleaning them and adding new SSD storage to ensure they would run well for pupils. They were delivered to South Green Junior School in Billericay and Wickford Church of England School. These particular schools were offered the laptops as some of Ground Control’s head office-based employees have children at the schools.  The laptops will be configured by the schools’ IT personnel and then passed on to pupils who don’t currently have access to a computer, to allow them to effectively do their schoolwork from home.

Annie Bristow at Wickford Church of England School said, “Thank you for your kind donation of the 10 laptops. We are incredibly appreciative of your generosity at this time. As you know children are learning remotely at home and these laptops will be a huge help to families who are struggling to get online to access learning. With these laptops it will make it easier for all children to be able to access the curriculum and keep up to date with the schoolwork and engage with their peers and teachers. Thank you for your kindness.”

Sim Hassall, IT Director at Ground Control, said “Too many children are losing out on education at the moment, and it was great to be able to support and have this equipment passed to children who need it.”

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