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    Computer Power Day at Henderson Middle

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A computer can cost you a hundreds to more than a thousand dollars. It's not cheap. That's why some are jumping on a program for families to pay only $40 for a refurbished computer.

    Yakeshia Jenkins is learning the ins and outs of computers.

     
    "Sometimes the monitor will pop up an error message and then I will have to look up the code," says Jenkins.

    Jenkins is a senior at the Metropolitan Career-Technical Center, a high school that teaches technical skills.

    "Ever since I was younger, I was an odd ball. I used to take out every toy I would get and figure out how it would function," says Jenkins.

    She's a perfect fit for David Crawford's after-school Computer for Kids Refurbishing Program.

    "We delete the district's information off those computers and restart those computers with a fresh new operating system," says Crawford.

    Crystal Burton and her daughter Victoria Jackson bought the used computer for only 40 bucks. They're urging parents to register for one of these computers that are picked up on Computer Power Day on Saturday.

    "I use it for research or if I need to type up a paper," says Jackson.

    The district encountered a great success at the first Computer Power Day in May and decided to do it again.

    Computer Power Day is a small part of this program. You see the students are refurbishing thousands of for the Little Rock School District every year,

    The district pays students for their part-time work. It takes a student approximately an hour to refurbish one or two computers. The skills and feelings of accomplishment though are priceless.

    "I feel powerful and I'm the handyman in this class," says Jenkins.

    There are some eligibility requirements. Students must attend the Little Rock School District and be on free or reduced lunch. Parents have to register by Wednesday and then computers are picked up at Henderson Middle School Saturday morning.

    Comcast is also offering internet service to these families for $10 a month. To register for these computers, you can pick up a form at your child's school. These forms are in Spanish and in English.

    Computer Power Day is Oct. 6 from 8:30- 1 p.m. at Henderson Middle School.

    For more information on eligibility and how the program works, click here (PDF).

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