The students were awarded the computers through the Kids, Cops and Computers program. It was established 16 years ago to assist TDSB students from priority neighborhoods to have access to computers, an important education tool that can make a key difference in motivating and assisting students with their studies.
The program has a number of goals. It aims to level the playing kids for all students so that regardless of socio economic challenges, all students have a chance to make use of today’s technology. Secondly, police officers meet with the participants to build a positive framework for kids to interact with authority. And finally, the program focuses on encouraging students to be good good community citizens without the expectation of remuneration or reward.
Students must be in grade 7, have no or limited access to a home computer, and be identified by their teacher as having high learning potential.
During the presentation, Rudy asked the 22 students to be his copilots and to sign on for an adventure, during which they would learn a lot as would their families and friends who would share in the experience. Each of the 22 came up to the stage and signed their names with Rudy, who then gave them the brand new lap top that is theirs to keep once they have completed two assignments.
In addition to the computers from Rudy, Rogers has provided each of the 22 students with free internet access in their homes for a year.
Schools apply for acceptance into the program and once a school is accepted, it is the responsibility of the teaching staff to determine which students ultimately are chosen to receive the computers.