Do you have an old laptop lying around collecting dust? (I know you do.)
You can give that computer a new life and help Murfreesboro City Schools students at the same time. First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro and Rainbow Rutherford are working together to hold a technology drive for laptops, Chromebooks, and desktops.
"Lots of kids in Murfreesboro lack one crucial thing that would let their families choose for them to stay home instead of going back to school in person - a computer," said Julia Tate-Keith, project coordinator for Rainbow Rutherford.
The computers will be distributed to needy families who have chosen MCS's Choice Distance Learning option.
"In order to help make distance learning a more equitable option for families in our community, FCPC is participating in a technology drive for laptops, Chromebooks, and desktops," the church said in a Facebook post.
Devices must be in good working order or a new device. Minimum requirements (specs of Google Chromebooks used by Murfreesboro City Schools):
Processor: Intel Celeron N4020 (Dual Core, up to 2.8GHz, 4M Cache)
Camera and Microphone
Memory: 4GB 2400MHz LPDDR4 Non-ECC
Hard Drive (Storage): 16 GB eMMC hard drive
"We have a tech team that will do its best to ensure your donated device contains no personal information," the church said.
Donated devices can be dropped of at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 907 E. Main St. in Murfreesboro.
Monetary donations are also being accepted and tax letters for donations will be available. The City Schools Foundation is also accepting donations. Any funds donated to them now will go toward devices that will arrive in 2021.