12 July 2021

Children at Plymouth schools benefit from laptop donation

LiveWest have donated 85 laptops to schools in Plymouth.
Justine a Community Connector handing over a laptop

LiveWest contacted the four Plymouth schools with the offer after moving to help bridge the educational gap created by lockdown.

Riverside Community Primary School, St Peter's Primary, Stonehouse, Laira Green Primary School and Cathedral School of St Mary, Primary have all benefited from a donation of laptops.

With children now settled back into education following the easing of government restrictions, the laptops are being used to help the most disadvantaged at the school.

The devices have made a huge difference to access their live learning via Google Classroom and Google Meet and the range of educational technology platforms, which are used by the school to supplement learning in the classroom.

Pupils from Riverside School in Barne Barton have been volunteering at the LiveWest lead community allotments.

Brian Jones Headteacher at Riverside Community Primary School, said: “On behalf of pupils and staff at Riverside Community Primary School, I would like to say a huge thank you to LiveWest for their generous donation. The laptops will make a massive contribution to the children’s education. The children were delighted to know the laptops were being recycled and not going to landfill.”

LiveWest has supported families and children across the South West by donating more than 150 refurbished laptops and issuing £32,000 to schools to allow them to buy much-needed IT equipment.

In a move to narrow the social divide exposed by the pandemic, LiveWest has also helped more than 100 households get online through digital inclusion grants totalling more than £23,000.

Justine Cheffers Community Connector for LiveWest, said: “It was fantastic to be able to support these Plymouth schools with a donation of laptops.

“We play an active role in supporting all of our communities with Plymouth being a key one and we are thrilled to be able to provide equipment which will make a positive difference to the children’s education.”

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