OLPC BRINGS 1-TO-1 LAPTOP PROGRAM
TO 7 NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOLS
A collaborative effort between One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Project LIFT has delivered 2,000 laptops to seven schools in North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, with support from the Knight Foundation, who brought together and funded the project.
The local Charlotte group, Project Leadership and Investment for Transformation (LIFT), is a community initiative working to improve outcomes and eliminate education disparities for minority and low-income students in the West Charlotte corridor. Rebecca Thompson, OLPC facilitator at Bruns Academy, said that the laptops will directly assist LIFT schools in reaching their goals for students to be 90 percent on grade level and 90 percent achieving more than one year's academic growth in one year's time. These goals are to ensure that when students arrive at the feeder high school, West Charlotte, 90 percent of them graduate.