Our Kids Need Chromebooks
At Heart House, our mission is to use education as a catalyst to combat poverty and promote equity for the most vulnerable in our city: refugee children
Laptops Are Essential
Your gift would provide refurbished Chromebooks for these Heart House students. They will have access to emotional and educational support that they need during this time from Heart House staff. With the uncertain end to this pandemic, we feel that these devices could be a lifeline for our students in the coming months. We have found a source for refurbished Chromebooks and they are immediately available at $150 per device.
It has become clear that many students during this pandemic are struggling to access virtual learning. Families have made do with a parent or sibling’s phone or are sharing one tablet with 5 other children – which has made class attendance sporadic. Now, parents are returning to work and must take the family phone with them. This will not work with the new reality of virtual learning and may cause our students to fall behind due to the lack of individualized support, the stress caused by social isolation, and other factors.
Heart House staff members have established that 40 of our students lack adequate technology, out of 75 enrolled.
Heart House needs 40 Chromebooks at $150 each. The total cost is approximately $6,500 with shipping and software purchases.
What We're Doing Now
During a typical school year, Heart House students are behind their peers academically because of the specific challenges faced by the refugee population (years spent in refugee camps, resettlement in a new country, past trauma, mental health, poverty) and the fact that most are English Language Learners.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Heart House has been forced to suspend regular programming. However, students are still expected to participate in distance education through the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). Because many parents work in essential businesses such as grocery stores and food service, several students are home alone during the day. This means that students are lacking academic assistance and social support during a critical time.
Thanks to the community’s support, Heart House was able to quickly develop and begin offering virtual services in April. These services include daily check-in calls with families, small group virtual learning sessions with students, and individual tutoring. However, these services are not possible without the help of technology.
Contacts with Families: providing support and connecting students to resources
Virtual Lessons: covering reading and math, as well as social-emotional learning
Individual Tutoring Sessions: helping students complete homework and stay on grade level