Laptops for Schools
The three Rotary Clubs in York often work together when local community needs demand a co-ordinated response, and the initiative to help local schools with purchasing Chromebook laptops for disadvantaged students is a current example.
In June 2020 York Rotary had donated funds for five laptops to York High School, in response to an urgent appeal.
The third lockdown in January 2021 generated by the Covid-19 pandemic prompted the York Rotary Youth Service Team to ask Ambassadors to contact their secondary school links to identify any ensuing problems.
An urgent need was identified for Chromebooks to support home learning for disadvantaged students in several local schools.
We acted quickly and sincere thanks are due to all the Ambassadors who became a vital link between the schools and Treasurers who paid the money directly to the schools. Purchasing was done by the schools, so that specifications matched their own requirements and specialist bulk purchasing applied.
Over 40 Chromebooks were funded by the three Rotary Clubs, supporting these schools:
YORK ROTARY York High School
ROTARY YORK AINSTY Vale of York Academy
YORK VIKINGS ROTARY The Danesgate Community
Funds raised by the three Rotary Clubs came from individual donations, members' donations to a "Donate my Lunch" programme, and from clubs' Charity Fund reserves.
We were pleased to support disadvantaged children whose education was suffering due to the pandemic lockdown and the schools having to rely on remote/home learning.
It's another example of Rotary working in the Community.