LFK #900 is the 147th refurbished computer Nauset Middle School has received from the Masonic Angels in three years. The Masons have placed over 215 machines in the Nauset region since Laptops for KidZ was established in May 2010.
Nauset Regional Middle School has worked with the Masonic Angel Fund for over fifteen years to get assistance for children in need who might otherwise fall through the cracks in the social service system. Laptops for KidZ fills one of those gaps, since a child without a home computer is at an enormous competitive disadvantage in school today. LFK helps to level the playing field for such students.
Cape Cod Today asked Nauset Middle School principal Dr. Maxine Minkoff about the impact the Laptops for KidZ project has made at her school.
The Masons continue to be our guardian angel. For the past three years they have provided us with enough laptops to give to every student who is without. In addition to enabling these students to do their school work, the Masons have sent them an even more important message: someone cares and is there to support them.
My only wish is that the Masons could see the faces of these children when they are given a laptop of their own, and how they light up even more when they ask “Is this mine to keep?” and the answer is “Yes!”
900 computers in 50 months
LFK placed its very first laptop at Orleans Elementary School in May 2010. Fifty months later, the Masonic Angels have placed 900 refurbished computers 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 903 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.
Over $250,000 in value
Assuming a fair market value of somewhere between $275 and $300 for a refurbished laptop, the Masonic Angels’ 900 laptops donated over $250,000 in computing power to children in area schools. Laptops for KidZ volunteers tell us the cost in parts to refurbish one of their laptops averages around $18. All technical work is done by volunteers who work in the tech or electronics industries.
Laptops for KidZ is a non-profit member of the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program, which provides low-cost Windows licenses to charitable technology access projects like LFK.
Many Laptops for KidZ recipients qualify for Comcast’s Internet Essentials $9.95/month broadband access program.
Donate your laptop
“The need is always there,” reports LFK project director Mario Meré of Yarmouth Port. “Schools are already contacting about children who will need a computer in September.”
Laptops for KidZ accepts donations of Windows laptops. 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.