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Posted on March 26, 2018 at 8:26 AM by Communications Department
School Governor’s STEM Academy and the Virginia Student Training and
Refurbishment Program (STAR) are giving high school students who attend Newport
News Public Schools a chance to win a free computer. Students can enter the contest by answering “How will access to technology from home help me to become
College, Career, and Citizen Ready” by submitting a written essay with a
minimum of 250 words or posting a one minute video to Instagram or Twitter.
Entries are due by Friday, April 13. Essays and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed or delivered to Chinell Callwood at
Heritage High School, 5800 Marshall Avenue, Newport News, VA 23605, or faxed to
School Governor’s STEM Academy’s program refurbishes surplus computer hardware
to donate to students and families in need. Virginia STAR is a statewide
program that gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience
repairing used computer equipment and earn IT repair certifications.
Government agencies and private organizations donate surplus computers,
monitors and other equipment to VA STAR and then the equipment is distributed
to participating schools. Students in the Computer Information Systems course
at Heritage reset computer hard drives, replace missing and broken parts and
install operating systems and software. When the computer systems are restored
to good working condition, the students host a Bridging the Gap event and
donate the computer systems to local students and families.
For more information about the contest and to get an application, contact program administrator Chinell
Callwood at 757-928-6100 ext. 1767 or visit the NNPS website. Winners will be notified by April 18 and
are required to attend the Virginia STAR “Bridging the Gap” ceremony on
Thursday, April 26 at Heritage High School.