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More Head Start classrooms receive computers from ComputeReach

This past summer, ComputeReach, a Pittsburgh-based humanitarian computer outreach organization, donated 24 computers to the Elizabeth Learning Center, benefiting the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) Head Start program. 

In November, ComputeReach donated more computers to Head Start center classrooms in other lower-income communities, affording access to technology that may otherwise be out of reach for the children who attend these centers.

On Nov. 1, ComputeReach donated 18 refurbished eMac G4 computers to the Sto-Rox Foster Early Childhood Center, which benefits the Allegheny County/Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s early childhood education programs. The computers are equipped with approved preschool games and programs intended to help advance literacy and academic skills, further preparing the children for kindergarten.

David Sevick, Executive Director of ComputeReach, was on hand to oversee the installation.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and the Department of Human Services,” said Sevick. “We started last summer with the donation of 24 computers to the Elizabeth Learning Center, and we look forward to providing more computers to young learners.”

On Nov. 16, 24 eMac G4 computers were installed at the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (COTRAIC) Rochelle Street Center, Head Start Program in the Knoxville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. These computers will help to educate approximately 240 young children ages 3-5.

“With the addition of these computers and the programs included, each child will have the opportunity to explore new concepts in math, literacy and science, expanding their knowledge base and increasing their readiness for kindergarten,” said Mickey Bradley, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, senior Head Start program specialist. “Through the generosity of ComputeReach and its many volunteers, the children will no longer have to wait their turn to use a classroom computer as each child will now have access to one of their own.” 

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