A local nonprofit dedicated to preparing preschool children for school was recently awarded grants worth thousands, according to a recent news release.
Lifelong Learners of Conway has received technology grants worth $8,789 total from Hewlett-Packard Co., a technology business with a service center in Conway.
"We are grateful to HP and their commitment to community," said Charlotte Green, founder and executive director of Lifelong Learners, Inc., in the release. "The technology provided to the preschool centers will assist the preschool teachers in preparing students for the (science, technology, engineering and math) world in which they will grow, live and work."
HP’s donation includes 11 HP ProBook’s to be distributed to the nonprofit program’s partner preschools for use in classrooms for 3- to 5-year-old children. The technology will benefit 13 preschool classrooms with about 250 preschool children each year in Conway, according to the release.
The partner preschool sites are: Little Life Academy, Central Christian Academy, St. Peters Episcopal Preschool and the HOPE preschool program.
The preschool programs will be able to provide age appropriate technology education and experiences in classrooms that previously had no access to technology in the classroom, according to the release. Teachers will incorporate technology into their daily lesson plans to expose their classrooms to age-appropriate, multi-media teaching. Teachers also plan to have age-appropriate technology lessons, according to the release.
"We are inspired by Lifelong Learner’s mission and pleased to provide the organization with technology that will strengthen their programs," said Jon Allen, sales director and site executive at HP.
The nonprofit has a partnership with the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, state Department of Human Services Early Childhood Division, AETN and the Conway school district for "champions initiatives that support Arkansas children’s success," according to the release.
The chamber announced its commitment of $50,000 to the nonprofit last year.
The nonprofit believes providing training and support to private day cares and building parental capacity at the preschool level will cultivate an environment that promotes school readiness for Arkansas children, according to the release. The new technology will help the nonprofit bring technology into classrooms.
"HP has once again shown the importance of corporate engagement in the community – HP’s support for the mission of Lifelong Learner’s (in) improving the educational attainment of citizens in Conway by starting pre-K students with the best chance of success — is much appreciated," said Jerry Adams, president of Lifelong Learners Board of Directors, in the release.