Elementary Students Refurbish Computers as PWCS and Ashland Lead the Way
Posted on 04/06/2017
Ashland Bridging the Gap

It was an amazing night! Donated computers refurbished and reprogrammed by third - fifth grade Ashland Elementary students found new homes with the families of classmates who need them.

Ashland is the first school in Virginia to put elementary students’ STEM skills to work as part of the Virginia STAR computer refurbishment program. The effort is sharpening student skills, while giving old computers new life, and helping families bridge the digital divide. Virginia STAR started with a single high school program developed in Prince William County Public Schools, before going statewide. PWCS continues to coordinate the program, and is helping expand efforts that have now delivered more than 11,000 computers to deserving families and organizations.

With Ashland Elementary students, PWCS is again leading the way. Principal Andy Jacks says his young computer whizzes are involved in every step of getting the computers ready to help others learn.  The effort makes a big difference for all involved, but especially for the budding computer engineers. They are getting a jump-start on the high tech skills needed for success in school and careers.

Way to go Ashland!