LIMA — The technology gap is keeping many area students from receiving an education while school buildings are closed due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
Lima 6th Ward Councilman Derry Glenn helped collect computer tablets and laptops and give them to students who need them.
On Sunday, Glenn presented 20 tablets to Heir Force Community School in Lima. These were made possible through a donation by Chuck and Susan Nichols, of Lima.
“We don’t know if school will start back again or not. We don’t know if it will be summer school or not. A lot of parents were concerned that they didn’t have computers at home with the kids, and we’ve been working with some of the people like Spectrum about the hotspots, and we’re trying to get a hold of Microsoft and see if could they donate more tablets for the kids,” Glenn said.
Glenn says the need is there.
“I met with some parents yesterday, and 35 parents didn’t have any computers at home. It’s not just Lima City Schools; it’s all over — Shawnee, Bath, Elida — parents calling from all over,” Glenn said.
The donation of the tablets was appreciated by Dr. Willie Heggins, executive director of Heir Force Community School.
“Absolutely, we are very fortunate and very appreciative to all the work that Derry is doing here, not only for the city of Lima but supporting us as a school as well,” Heggins said. “He’s been making donations to support many, many children and families throughout the city of Lima, particularly in this time of need when there is such a crisis with limitations with regards to technology,” Heggins said.
Heggins said the lack of devices is a big challenge.
“Many of our family members have difficulty with regards to having access to the means that they need to provide their children with a solid education, and giving this opportunity to us to be able to provide additional technological support only enables us to continuously reach our goal of being a school of excellence,” Heggins said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.