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Officers deliver a technology bridge for at-risk kids
BY JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
12/19/2012 5:03:32 AM
When Tulsa Police Officer John West drops off the refurbished desktop computer at the home, he knows it will help the kids who live there get ahead.
He made two such dropoffs Tuesday afternoon to appreciative families, part of the annual PC Power’s North Pole Computer Project.
Law enforcement officers from across the Tulsa area delivered 75 computers to help at-risk kids who could fall behind without technology to further their learning, said PC Power board member Tammy Ballard.
“In today’s world, everything is technology-based,” Ballard said. “The benefit of having a computer at home is paramount.”
PC Power collects hardware, including a keyboard, mouse, monitor and power cables, from companies or owners who are discarding the equipment.
PC Power wipes the hard drive, if the previous owners did not do so, and installs the free operating system Linux and basic free software such as Open Office, which allows the user to create word documents and spreadsheets like more expensive software.
Computers are donated to families during the year, but the annual Christmas distribution is the group’s largest event, Ballard said.
The computers are distributed throughout the community by officials with the Tulsa Police Department, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Jenks Campus Police, Tulsa Public Schools Police and Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, Coweta, Bixby, and Sand Springs police. Law enforcement officers with the Cherokee, Creek and Osage nations also joined in this year for the first time.
West dropped off the equipment for Bobbie Anderson and her children.
Anderson said the computer will make a difference in her kids’ education.
“My son’s birthday is Saturday, and he’s going to be so excited,” she said. “We are so appreciative.”
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