New laptops to schools in need
VIO Corp donating 85 laptops to 17 needy Metro Vancouver schools
VIO Corp is an international communications company — virtually unknown in Vancouver — that does all its business in the Middle East. But on Friday, the Vancouver-based company unveiled plans to donate 85 laptop computers to 17 of Metro Vancouver’s most needy schools.
Each school will receive four computers from its Vision 4 Kids program and, fittingly, the first to benefit was Admiral Seymour elementary in east Vancouver — ground zero for The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign, which began following Seymour teacher Carrie Gelson’s appeal for help in September 2012.
The company was inspired after reading stories in The Vancouver Sun describing how inner city schools were attempting to deal with poverty and a lack of resources for up-to-date technology.
The cost of the 85 laptops is about $34,000 and they will go to schools in Vancouver and Surrey.
Seymour students were asked to write an essay on why they needed computers with the winning essay by Grade 7 student Abe Caruso earning him a Galaxy tablet to take home.
Principal Bruce Murton thanked VIO Corp for the donation.
Among the first group of schools to receive the computers will be Vancouver elementary schools Florence Nightingale and Mount Pleasant and Surrey’s KB Woodward elementary.