Local basketball team the Saints, made up of Year 7 students, are living up to their name, coming up with a project to give laptops to students whose families struggle to afford them.
Team member Ryan Powell says that there are children in each of their classes at Whangaparaoa College who don’t have devices, or have broken ones that they can’t afford to fix. The school provides devices on loan, but generally these can’t be taken home. Ryan says that the devices are needed for homework, so students using borrowed devices stay in at lunchtime to complete their work.
The team approached coach Linda Mika, who together with Julie King of Love Soup Hibiscus Coast came up with a plan to raise money to purchase Chromebooks.
Linda says that many parents struggle to pay for the laptops, especially if they have more than one school-aged child.
With Warehouse Stationery Silverdale on board, this project is underway and donations towards the laptops can be made at the store. Any amount, large or small, is welcome.
Linda says they are hoping to raise enough for 40 laptops; they cost $400 each but Warehouse Stationery is offering a 20 percent discount for the Saints’ Device Drive.
The laptops will be gifted to children at schools including Whangaparaoa College, Stanmore Bay School and Whangaparaoa School.
Info: visit Warehouse Stationery in the Silverdale Centre or phone Julie King, 0220 749 526.