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Educational Testing Service helps purchase computers for Lawrence students

Educational Testing Service helps purchase computers for Lawrence students

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

With a $26,085 grant in hand, the Lawrence Township Public School District purchased 100 Chromebook laptop computers to replace broken or malfunctioning laptop computers issued by the district.

The Lawrence Township Public Schools provides Chromebooks to students in grades 6-12. When the district moved to remote learning because of school closures related to COVID-19, it provided 150 Chromebooks to students who did not have access to a computer at home.

But now, nearly two months after the district launched remote learning, some of those Chromebooks have broken or malfunctioned and cannot be repaired for lack of parts.

“The Lawrence Township Public Schools technicians cannot go into houses and repair or retrieve those devices,” said Karen Faiman, the executive director of the nonprofit Lawrence Township Education Foundation.

That’s when the Lawrence Township Education Foundation stepped in and gave money to the district to buy more Chromebooks. The foundation’s goal is to enhance public education for all students, said Amy Davis, president of its board of trustees.

“If some students are unable to receive an equal education and we are able to address it, we will certainly do our best to do so,” Davis said.

The 100 additional Chromebook laptop computers will ensure that the school district brings educational opportunities into the homes of all Lawrence public school students, Davis said.