Boise nonprofit refurbishes computers for students

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A Boise-based nonprofit that refurbishes donated computers and gives them to students just might be helping with a Twin Falls family's bedtime schedule.

Dawnette Crofts and her children were among dozens of Twin Falls-area families that picked up computers Friday from the organization Computers for Kids, The Times-News reported (http://bit.ly/1jNK367 ).

Crofts said one laptop just wasn't enough for her six school-age children to get their homework done, and it seemed someone was always staying up late to finish an assignment.

"It always seems to be past bedtime," Crofts said. "The one (computer) was not doing it. The two, I think, will make it a lot nicer."

Crofts said she learned about the Computers for Kids program when her 9-year-old daughter came home from school with a flyer about the organization.

Computers for Kids provides computers to students in kindergarten through the first two years of college. There aren't any income requirements, but students must fill out an application, write an essay and pay a $35 processing fee.

"A lot of people feel that it sounds too good to be true," said Tammy Gardner, the organization's director.

Molli Wingert started Computer for Kids in 2002. She and her son refurbished computers that the Boise school district was getting rid of and donated them to students.

The program has handed out more than 33,000 computers in the past dozen years.

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Online:

http://www.cfkidaho.org

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Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

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