The students in Ale Garcia’s third period history class got a quite a surprise Monday morning when the first 25 of the 50 Chromebook laptop computers donated to Ector Middle School arrived in their classroom. The donation is from Cable One, and about two dozen local Cable One employees also visited Ector MS to get a first-hand look at the impact of the company’s generosity.
“The kids were so excited, and shocked,” said 8th grade social studies teacher Ale Garcia.
“Ector is one of ten schools selected, from thousands of schools throughout our company, to get this donation,” said Cable One General Manager Kenny Walker. “It is near and dear to my heart.” The Cable One Cares program provides Chromebooks to Title I schools in the markets it serves.
The laptops will be placed on carts that are available to teachers throughout the school. Ms. Garcia’s third period class is made up of English Language Learners and she said many have never had a laptop or worked with one. They jumped right in on Monday. Their assignment this day was to continue researching and analyzing the events leading up to the American Revolution. They were going to use their hand-written notes and textbook as resources but the Chromebooks gave every student in the class instant access to so much more.
“With the information being provided to them faster we can get more in-depth questions that they find online,” said Ms. Garcia while thanking Cable One for this donation. “It’s very nice to know the community is involved in helping our school succeed.”