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Area head starts to benefit from computer, printer donations

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Several central Kentucky Head Start locations will receive new computers and printers through the ConnectKentucky Computers 4 Kids program.
The distribution will take place at 10 a.m., Aug. 22 at Lebanon Head Start located in the Central KY Community Action Building at 332 Hood Avenue, Lebanon.
The distribution, made possible by a contribution from AT&T, covers several Central Kentucky Head Start locations:
• Eight new desktop computers (two each for four Head Start facilities in Loretto, Lebanon, Bradfordsville and Vine Grove)
• Six new laptop computers (to be used at Head Start locations for people working on their GED or other educational goals)
• One network printer for the Lebanon facility
• Three donated Lexmark printers (one each for Loretto, Bradfordsville, and Vine Grove)
• $320 subsidy for broadband service for New Haven location
“Central Kentucky Head Start is grateful to receive the brand new computers and Internet services from ConnectKentucky and Computers 4 Kids,” said Pamela A. Smith, director of Central Kentucky Community Action, Head Start. “Having the opportunity to offer the latest in information technological education for our students will help us with closing the educational gap and achieving the Head Start and Kentucky School Readiness goals for early childhood. Many of our families would not have access to a computer or the Internet. We are planning parent computer programs that include, resume writing, and job search assistance. The computers and internet service can also be used by families that are attending classes and could be supported with a computer.”
Among those expected to attend the distribution event is Kentucky Sen. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon).
“Money well spent and special thanks to ConnectKentucky and AT&T for helping with this worthy project,” said Higdon.
“AT&T is committed to the communities we serve,” said Nancy Jarett, AT&T regional director - external & legislative affairs. “We are honored to partner with ConnectKentucky to help ensure that all Kentucky children and their families have the opportunity to develop the leadership skills they need to be successful. Supporting the future leaders of our Commonwealth is the right thing to do and the best investment a company can make.”
“Once again ConnectKentucky is proud to work with AT&T to support the distribution of computer technology for a community facility,” said ConnectKentucky Executive Director Rene True. “The Central Kentucky Head Start program will reap many benefits for the young people and their families participating in their programs. Without contributions from corporations like AT&T, many families may otherwise not be able to have access to broadband technologies to further their education and learning.”