Gov. Fletcher Delivers $300,000 in Funding for ‘No Child Left Offline’ Initiative
Program equips underprivileged students, families with computers, supplies
Gov. Fletcher addresses students, faculty and visitors of Whitesburg Middle School to present a NCLO check for $300,000.
A student unveils one of the new computers provided by No Child Left Offline.
Whitesburg Middle School students and faculty accept the NCLO ceremonial check.
The school's marquee welcomes Gov. Fletcher to Whitesburg Middle School.
On Sept. 12, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher presented $300,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding for No Child Left Offline, the initiative to provide refurbished computers and supplies to underprivileged children and their families. The ceremony took place at Whitesburg Middle School in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
“We live in the information age. Providing underprivileged children and families with computer access is one way we are moving all Kentuckians forward,” said Gov. Fletcher. “Children have a vast array of educational, civic and economic opportunities via the Web, and without these computers they would miss those opportunities.”
ConnectKentucky places computers with at-risk middle school students who qualify for free and reduced lunch in 15 distressed counties. They receive desktop computers with an Intel Pentium processor or equivalent, monitors, Lexmark Inkjet printers and cartridges, Microsoft Windows operating systems, Word processing applications, spreadsheets and other utilities and Internet security software. Computers also come with applications to engage recipients in educational exercises, healthy lifestyles, problem solving, civics, geography and other items.
ARC is a federal-state economic development program to meet infrastructure needs and support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, development and affordable and accessible health care. Fifty-one counties in eastern and southcentral Kentucky are eligible to apply for funds through the Governor’s Office for Local Development.