We are preparing a good used computer for the student that will allow
a connection to the Internet, adequate memory and processor to make the
computer run well, sound capability to let the student hear sound if
they get speakers connected to the computer. The student will have
Open Office (the office program that is used on the Grand Rapids Public
Library, Microsoft Office Home and Business installed on
their computer. These programs provide tools for word processing
(writing letters and school papers), spreadsheet, (doing
accounting type work), database, (organizing lists of people and
things), and PowerPoint ( a program for public presentations). The
computer will have the popular and familiar Windows 7 as the
We have been working hard to provide the best computer that we are
able to provide with limited financial resources.
Because it is taking significant time and money to prepare the
computer, we are asking that the student and their family also invest
some volunteer time. We are requiring a total of 10 volunteer hours.
They may contribute their volunteer effort to any non-profit, community
organization of their choice. They then must submit a letter from the
organization describing what they have done for them, how many hours
that they have worked, and the dates of their volunteer work.
The volunteer hours must be current, not something done in the past,
and not volunteer hours used for class credit or other obligations.
We have been rebuilding computers since 1992, with great results for
students and the community.