Facebook donating more laptops to students

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Sep. 07, 2013 @ 03:24 AM

Facebook will present 10 new computers to Rutherford County fifth-grade teachers and students on Tuesday to help classrooms connect with the world.

Keven McCammon,Facebook’s Forest City data centermanager, will present a laptop to students and faculty at Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar School on Tuesday at 10 a .m. Lake Lure Classical Academy will also receive a laptop from Facebook.

He will also present 10 laptops to the Rutherford County Board of Education at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cool Springs Administrative Offices in Forest City.

The donation will extend Facebook's “Fifth Grade Frontiers” program, which was established in 2011.  Each school will determine whether to use the computers in fifth grade classrooms or designate the computer for use by a particular student. At the end of the year, the computers will be retooled so they can be passed to the next class of fifth graders.

Rutherford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet H. Mason said, “We are very grateful for the excellent partnership between Facebook and the Rutherford County Schools. The continued commitment of Facebook to provide support for technology in our elementary schools enhances the work with are doing with our Going G.L.O.B.A.L. initiative.”

Facebook has now donated more than 30 laptops to county schools under the program.

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Grant Applications By midnight, Sept. 13

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FOREST CITY — The application window for the 2013 Facebook Community Action Grants closes at midnight on Friday, Sept. 13.

A total of $125,000 in grants will be distributed in this, the third year of the popular program. Groups may apply for a maximum of $15,000 per 501(c)(3) registration.

Eligible non-profits can review the full list of guidelines and submit their application by clicking the “Grants” link atfacebook.com/ForestCityDataCenteror by applying directlyhere.  

Cammon added, “Through our grants, laptop donations and other activities, Facebook is committed to make a positive difference in Rutherford County. We applaud the innovation shown by our elementary school leaders in making the most of these computers, and the great work to come by the students.”