Computer donation prompts creation of new lending program for Morrisburg Public School families

Accepting a donation of 10 desktop computers, facilitated by the Municipality of South Dundas, were Grade 5 students (front l-r) Aiden Seillier, Caden Shaver and Kaydan Lewis. Behind them are (l-r) South Dundas CAO Shannon Geraghty, MPS Principal Krista Mano and South Dundas EDO Rob Hunter. (The Leader/Comfort photo)

MORRISBURG – Monday morning, Municipality of South Dundas officials made a very special delivery to Morrisburg Public School.

Ten HP desktop computers were donated to the school to launch a new computer lending program.

The two year-old computers were offered to the Municipality of South Dundas from the Nav Can Centre when they were undergoing technology upgrades.

Those upgrades took place at a time when South Dundas was looking for new ways to support its schools that were, at the time, being considered for closure.

Rob Hunter, South Dundas’ economic development officer, facilitated the computer donation and helped these computers find a way into Morrisburg Public School.

While the technology is not compatible for in-school use, principal Krista Mano decided to use these computers to create the school’s first computer lending library.

“This is a really great opportunity for families to access technology,” said South Dundas chief administrative officer Shannon Geraghty.

Mano said that the computers will be loaded with educational material and will be loaned to MPS families, on a first-come, first-served basis. For a $25 fee they will be able to borrow one of these computers for the school year.

This donation is another piece in the partnership that the municipality has forged with its neighbouring school.

South Dundas has committed $10,000 a year, for the next three years to bring Code Heroes programming into Morrisburg and Iroquois Public School and Seaway District High School.

What that means at Morrisburg Public School is that the Grade 4/5 class has one hour once a week of Code Heroes programming until Christmas. After Christmas the Grade 5/6 class will have Code Heroes.

“It’s been awesome. The kids are loving it, for sure,” said Mano.