The school year is off to a busy start and there has been a tremendous amount of collaboration and sacrifice in order to be prepared for an out-of-the-ordinary school year. Emily Tow, KidsTek’s Senior Instructor, teaches our ”Business Computing” class at North High School which focuses on Microsoft Word during the fall semester. Because the schools in our districts are lending Google Chromebooks to students for distance learning, KidsTek needed an alternate way to provide the class with a Windows laptop that could run Microsoft Office. Thanks to Rich Silvernell, the hard-working Technology Specialist at North High School, these extra laptops were prepped and given to KidsTek staff to hand out to students.
Meghan Lang, Program Manager at KidsTek, communicated with North students during the first week of virtual learning to discuss details about dropping off laptops. “The whole process involved patience, various methods of communication with different people, and teamwork, lots of teamwork!” said Meghan. Rich Silvernell began to gather and prepare the laptops over the summer months in order to have them ready for KidsTek students by the beginning of the school year. Meghan added, “Rich is incredibly responsive and helpful, and for that KidsTek is very grateful. It’s comforting to know that if there are any issues, he will be happy to troubleshoot and help out with whatever we may need.” As the school year begins, KidsTek will continue to work with its wonderful partners, keeping in mind that teamwork will be crucial to success this school year!