Many factors go into getting an education in the digital age.
“Students need access to the internet as well as a device and printer at home to complete their homework and to be successful in those new programs we’re implementing at Holy Family,” says Holy Family Catholic School Principal Rogers Griffin.
Not every student has an at-home computer, meaning they’re going to great lengths just to complete the bare minimum of homework assignments.
“I was staying in after school sometimes to get it done and it was kind of hard for me,” says Ma’layah Broussard, who is in the fifth grade at Holy Family.
Her classmate Todd Cross echoes her struggle.
“Every time I go home and I print my paper out with my grandmother, I have to go all the way to Opelousas to go to her house to print my paper,” says Cross.
Today, this all changes for twelve Holy Family Catholic School students who have been given take-home laptops by Lafayette councilman Kenneth Boudreaux and Clerk of Court Louis Perret.
“I’m going to have a computer so all my assignments I never caught up on in class I can do at home plus I can finish my homework,” says Cross.
Now, they say nothing can hold them back from chasing their goals.
“It means that I can have an opportunity to get my education and to have more things to learn about because when I grow up I want to be a baker and have all A’s in my class,” says fifth grader Avaya Mitchell.
Cross, Broussard and Mitchell will all take computers home from school today.