e-collaborate would like to say a special THANK YOU to Forest Park High School for donating refurbished laptops to benefit students in Nicaragua! 

Beth and I visited Forest Park High School during the holiday season in 2013 to collect 10 laptops.  Students who are involved in the  VA Star program refurbished these laptops to give to those in need.  The VA STAR program creates a new kind of interaction between students and teachers through technology that is focused on teaching students about IT repair and service service learning. VA STAR is located in 10 different schools around state of Virginia, based on the model at Forest Park High School. 

It is absolutely by chance that we met Chuck, the person in charge of the program at Forest Park H.S. at a SPARK event. SPARK’s mission is to, “engage community partners to fund and promote initiatives that enhance educational excellence.” Forest Park H.S. is located in Prince William County and within the county there is a huge push for STEM and getting students interested in jobs that require science, technology, engineering, and math.  After we started talking, and telling Chuck about our initiatives, he mentioned Forest Park could donate laptops to e-collaborate. Earlier this year we partnered with Mentores Solidarios to help them collect laptops for their highest achieving students in their programs. This couldn’t have been a better fit!

Once the laptops were ready, we coordinated with Cindy and that same day donated them to Mentores Solidarios.  We are so grateful for Cindy, Chuck and the students at Forest Park High School who made this possible.  We also want to say a special Thank You to Radhika from Bookworm Central for making this connection. We greatly appreciate it and so do the students who are using their new laptops! Thank you!

-Naina Boveja
Executive Director