Originally created 10/15/00

Mobile computers take Web to seniors



Zenzel Lewis hadn't planned to stay at the senior center Saturday when she went to drop off her 66-year-old mother Unicetine Lewis.

But when the elder Mrs. Lewis told her daughter that the seniors were practicing on the Internet, the younger Ms. Lewis - a computer operator for Head-Start - decided to stay and watch.

Before she knew it, she was helping her mother search the Internet for the Biblical character Naomi.

The two were participating in PTA Family FunTech Day, sponsored by the 11th District of the Georgia PTA.

The group brought its mobile computer lab to the seniors to encourage technology.

"The Internet is a wonderful tool," Unicetine Lewis said. "I am a beginner, and this is one of the things I would love to learn more about. It would be very beneficial to me."

"She knows the keyboard, but she's got to get used to the mouse," Zenzel Lewis said of her mother. "The mouse causes you to execute the commands, and it takes a little getting used to."

More than 60 senior citizens showed up throughout the day during the four-hour event, which began at 10 a.m.

Eileen Faucette, PTA Live Online Coordinator, was pleased with the turnout.

"The whole point of having a mobile lab is so we can take it places," Ms. Faucette said. "We see our niche as reaching out to the community, going where people can use these skills for the rest of their lives."

Other activities during the day included hourly drawing, sign up for senior classes and a workshop on keeping children safe.

Reach Faith Johnson at (706) 823-3765 orfaithj@augustachronicle.com.