New Computers For A School In Need

Ever tried to get something done on a five-year-old computer? It’s one of the world’s most frustrating experiences. Software won’t run, web pages freeze, and every hour or so the operating system shuts down entirely. Fortunately, we don’t have those problems at SingleHop—having state-of-the-art technology, for ourselves and for our customers, is one of our top priorities. But we know that not everyone has access to the computing power they need.

The National Teachers Academy, a pre-K through 8th grade school in Chicago, was having serious problems with outdated computers. The Academy is located in a low-income neighborhood, and its equipment was so old that it couldn’t run educational and test-taking programs that are taken for granted at other schools. Everyone was frustrated. Furthermore, with a lot of education following the trend of online interaction, test-taking, and interactive learning, the computers that the school was counting on to help kids learn were woefully inadequate.

The NTA had been trying to raise money for new computers all through 2010 but the tough economic times made it very difficult and they were only able to raise about $1,000.  That’s barely enough to buy one high-quality computer, and the school has almost 400 students! As part of our effort to give back to the Chicago community, SingleHop stepped in and purchased no fewer than 23 powerful desktop computers for the school.

Now the school has access to the latest in educational technology, and no one has to pull out their hair over another system crash! At SingleHop we deeply believe that technology not only helps us do things better and faster, it helps make our world better. We are excited to partner with the NTA to make sure that the benefits of technology continue to increase the ability of our next generation to grow, discover, and learn.