Two Burnley primary schools are the beneficiaries of a local company’s Tech 4 All Kids campaign.
St Peters C of E Primary School and Springfield Community Primary School, each received a welcome donation of laptops from Padiham business Rapid IT.
Saddened that so many children across the area were at a learning disadvantage as they didn’t have access to a computer, Rapid IT decided to step in and help, collecting and refurbishing donated redundant stock and giving it out to those in need.
Already, some 160 donations have been received and last week, the first refurbished devices were ready to be delivered, to the delight of their recipients.
Mrs Crowther, headteacher at St Peters, said: “Rapid IT’s generous donation will make a massive difference to our pupils in this latest lockdown.
“We have 210 pupils in total and it was clear very quickly that many of our families didn’t have access to a computer, were having to work from mobile phones or share devices with one or more siblings.
“Any support we can get in providing access to our online learning resources is invaluable and I think it is brilliant what Rapid IT are doing.”
Mrs Crowther’s comments were echoed by Mrs Elliot, headteacher at Springfield Community Primary School who said: “As a school, we have tried to do our best during these challenging times to ensure that our children are accessing their learning online.
“All the teachers are offering fantastic online learning experiences and we are keeping in touch with weekly Live Meets, where we check in with our children ‘screen to screen’ and they can have conversations with their classmates as well as their teachers.
“Unfortunately, not all of our children have access to a device and many of our children are sharing a device between them, meaning they miss out on the online community learning.
“The donation of laptops opens up a world of learning to these children. We know that being in school is the best option, but until it’s safe, second best is to be online. Once we fully reopen, the laptops will be returned to school for children to use as part of their learning across all subjects.
“Springfield Community Primary School would like to thank everyone at Rapid IT and those that have donated into this wonderful campaign. It makes a huge difference to our children and their future opportunities.”
Jack Bannister, managing director of Rapid IT, said: “The reaction to our Tech 4 All Kids campaign to date has been incredible and we thank everyone who has made a donation so far.
“The recipients are so happy when they receive the devices they know will make such a huge difference to the learning journeys of their children.
“But we still need more donations to be able to give more children access to the tech they need.”
If you have a computer, laptop or tablet you can donate to the campaign, please visit www.rapidit.co.uk/donate