Through a partnership between the City of Monticello and Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, Monticello Computer 4 Kids Program will provide 110 free refurbished internet-ready computers to low-income families and nonprofit organizations that serve low-income families in the Monticello area.
"We are very excited about this to opportunity to start the Monticello Computers 4 Kids program through this seed donation from Connect Arkansas,” said Mayor Tucker. “Now each year, the families who receive its computers will be better equipped for success in today’s technology driven environment.”
As part of the program, families will receive a refurbished internet-ready desktop computer, a six month warranty, Windows 7 pro operating system, online resources to free digital literacy courses that educates families about computers, the internet and internet safety, and other online educational resources; including researching tools, games, and computer coding assistant.
Parents wishing to register for a free computer for their child as part of the Computer 4 Kids Program, must turn in a letter verifying their child qualifies for free or reduced lunch from their school district and a copy of a driver's licences to City Hall, 203 West Gaines Street, by August 28, 2015. Registration is first come, first serve. Approved families will be invited to a distribution day to pick up their one free computer per household.
Non-profit organizations, wishing to receive computers in cooperation with Computer 4 Kids, may apply by contacting City Hall, 870-367-4400, by August 28, 2015. Organizations must be 501(c)3 nonprofits, provide evidence that the majority of their clients served are low-income residents, and agree to display Monticello Computer 4 Kids Program signage. Number of computers will be awarded based on the number of organizational applicants and individual organizational need. Approved organizations will be invited to a special distribution day to pick up their free computers.
For more information about the Monticello Computer 4 Kids Program, contact the Mayor's Office, 870-367-4400.