In this age of information technology, it is vital that students have access to technology tools to support their classroom learning. To assist families who do not have a home computer, the Parent Connection/VA STAR program provides FREE refurbished computers to identified students to support academic achievement.
How does it work?
Through the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment (VA STAR) program, students in the A+ Computer Repair class at the Advanced Technology Center refurbish donated hardware from state agencies and/or or private companies. The computers are re-imaged with Windows 7 software and come with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) already installed.
Who is eligible to receive a computer?
Students are selected to receive a computer through an application process. School staff, including teachers or school counselors can recommend a child for participation in the program or a parent may submit an application directly to the Office of Community Engagement. In order to be selected, families must meet the following requirements:
- A child must be currently enrolled in a Virginia Beach City Public School;
- The family cannot have a working computer or laptop at home; and
- A parent/guardian must attend a brief informational session at the time the computer is received.
What is the cost to participate?
The donated computers are distributed at no cost to families. Due to a limited supply of computers, families are sometimes placed on a wait-list before receiving a computer.
How do I apply?
Complete an application and submit it to the Office of Community Engagement by email (email@example.com), by fax to 757.263.1009, or my mail to VBCPS Office of Community Engagement, 2512 George Mason Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23456.
Families may also pick up and return completed applications at their neighborhood school.