Free laptop program will start next week

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GRESHAM, S.C. --- About 500 elementary and pre-kindergarten students in one of the state's poorest areas will begin receiving free laptop computers next week.

The first laptops will be distributed May 20 to parents of 4- and 5-year-olds in Marion School District 7.

An elementary school in Gresham and an early childhood center in Mullins are pilot sites for the program, called One Laptop per Child South Carolina.

The XO laptops are funded through private donations and designed for children. They have a keyboard meant for children's small hands, are rainproof and won't break if dropped. Officials hope to expand the program statewide.

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-- Edited from wire reports

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NEone
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NEone 05/13/08 - 04:30 am
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What does a pre-K kid NEED

What does a pre-K kid NEED with a laptop? Does it come w/wi-fi too? How about a myspace account?

wootchieone
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wootchieone 05/13/08 - 05:25 am
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Hey! This program worked

Hey! This program worked great in Beaufort, SC. Only there were no computers left at the end of the year.
Let's see how fast they can get rid of them in Gresham. It's only tax dollars after all.

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NitwitBuster 05/13/08 - 08:26 am
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Don't be a nitwit -- read the

Don't be a nitwit -- read the story; taxpayer dollars aren't involved: "The XO laptops are funded through private donations and designed for children. "

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ITDoc 05/13/08 - 04:57 pm
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and it's a fantastic idea,

and it's a fantastic idea, get these kids an advantage and they won't have to be on the public dole forever.

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