Bridging Communities donates computers to middle school students

Bridging Communities Governor's STEM Academy has donated computers to several New Kent Middle School students.

The academy is a partnership with area high schools and Rappahannock Community College that provides students with STEM-enriched technology skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in post-secondary education.

"Anything that helps benefit our children is beneficial to us," New Kent Middle School Principal Kelly Gray said.

Students in the web and coding class receive entry level skills required to enter web design, game design, and animation/modeling fields while earning six high school credits and 24 college credits from the community college.

A part of those lessons is learning how to refurbish surplus computers.

On Saturday, refurbished computers were donated to nine families, said web design and coding class teacher Pamula Canaday.

"With technology the way it is, they'll be able to do homework at home and other projects," said Bridging Communities Administrative Assistant Margaret Best about the donated computers.

Bridging Communities has also worked with several other public schools systems in recent years including Charles City, King and Queen, King William, Middlesex County, New Kent County and West Point.

"We rotate events through the divisions that we serve, and try to hold at least two events per year," Best said.

Students who receive the computers are first chosen through their guidance counselors, Best said.

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