Laptops for KidZ places 500th computer in a Cape Cod school

Dennis-Yarmouth has received 73 computers through the Laptops for KidZ project which has donated 500 computers in 33 months
Dennis-Yarmouth Superintendent Carol Woodbury shows off the 500th Laptops for KidZ computer, which was placed in her district this week. Ms Woodbury lauded the Masons and their charitable work, telling CapeCodToday, “This is the best kind of giving.”

Dennis-Yarmouth Receives LFK #500

The Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District received the 500th computer placed by the Laptops for KidZ project of the Masonic Angel Foundation this week. LFK #500 was placed less than one month after the Masons placed their 400th laptop at Nauset Regional Middle School.

Dennis-Yarmouth has partnered with the Masonic Angel Fund program for over a decade, receiving assistance from both the Yarmouth Masonic Angel Fund (sponsored by Howard Lodge in South Yarmouth) and the Mount Horeb Masonic Angel Fund in Dennis. The district has worked with Laptops for KidZ since the program was established in 2010.

Thus far, the Dennis-Yarmouth region has received 73 computers through the Laptops for KidZ project.

Laptop #500 is a Panasonic “Toughbook” configured with Windows 7 Professional, OpenOffice, and Avast AntiVirus. The laptop is one of 75 donated last month by Overlook Visiting Nurse Association.

“Real Life Angels”

Last week Cape Cod Today asked Dennis-Yarmouth Superintendent Carol Woodbury for her thoughts on the Masonic Angels and their Laptops for KidZ project. Ms. Woodbury is especially impressed by the way the Masons work behind the scenes and sent us this email..

The Masonic Angels are “real life” angels. No one ever sees them, but you know they are there. They take care of others’ needs with no recognition for themselves. With this laptop five hundred children have been served by these angels through the Laptops for KidZ program. That is remarkable!

I know the families and children are very grateful these “angels” exist. I am very grateful for all the help they have given to D-Y students. This is the best kind of giving; helping others just because it is the right thing to do. We are fortunate to have “angels” amongst us!

Carol A. Woodbury
Superintendent of Schools
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District

500 Computers in 33 months

LFK placed its very first laptop at Orleans Elementary School back in May 2010. The 500 computers have been placed with schools throughout southeastern Massachusetts and beyond.

Established in March 2010, Laptops for KidZ places computers with local schools to be sent home with children who would not otherwise have computer access outside school hours. LFK has placed 507 computers since May 2010. The PC’s are provided to schools absolutely free of charge, with local Masonic Angel Fund chapters covering the very low cost to refurbish and license the machines. A select group of desktop computers are refurbished for use in classroom instruction. All work is done by the Masons’ team of skilled volunteers.

As with all programs of the Masonic Angel Foundation, the Masons never learn the identity of the children and families they help. All requests are made by the school professionals that work with the Masonic Angel Fund volunteers.

Laptops for KidZ Needs Your Laptop

“The need is always there,” reports Masonic Angel Foundation Board President Robert Fellows. “Last month’s donations helped to clear our waiting list – for a few days. It took just a week to place all of the Overlook computers. Now the waitlist is growing again.”

Laptops for KidZ accepts donations of functional laptops with at least a Pentium 4 processor. LFK also accepts select Windows desktops but does not accept Apple products. Donations to the 501(c)(3) Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. are tax deductible.

For more information about the Laptops for KidZ program visit www.laptopsforkidZ.org.


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