Lighthouse Charter gets 42 PCs from Laptops for KidZ in a year

Lighthouse Charter Gets 8 more Computers from the Masonic Angels

Joanne Amaru, Associate Director of Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, shows off some of the desktop computers the Masonic Angel Foundation’s Laptops for KidZ project delivered to the school this week.  The eight desktop computers were part of a larger donation of retired desktops by the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.   Having passed through the Laptops for KidZ “refurbishing workshop”, the computers will form a sixth grade math lab at the charter middle school.

School has received 42 machines from Laptops for KidZ in past year

The Laptops for KidZ project of the Masonic Angel Foundation placed eight computers this week at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School to help form a sixth grade “math lab”.

Last year CCLCS executive director Paul Niles told LFK volunteers of the school’s need for Windows desktop computers to use in classroom instruction.  The charter school was already receiving laptops for the more traditional LFK placement of a laptop with an individual child.

Over the past year, the Masons placed 23 desktop computers and 19 laptops at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School.

From time to time the Masonic Angels do accept an exceptionally nice desktop computer.  Time permitting, Laptops for KidZ volunteers will refurbish a desktop if they have cleaned up their backlog of laptops.

Who gives the laptops to the Masons?

LFK was fortunate to receive donations of windows desktop computers for CCLCS from groups like International Fund for Animal Welfare, Seamen’s Savings Bank, TD Bank, Partners Health Care, the Masonic Health System, Leighton Realty and countless local businesses and individuals.  Eight donated computers were originated by the staff of M.A. Frazier Enterprises, Frazier’s clients and their friends in Business Network International.

The eight desktops delivered to CCLCS this week were donated by the Boston headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.  These computers are part of a larger donation of machines the Grand Lodge retired from service in recent months.

Established in March 2010, Laptops for KidZ places computers with local schools to be sent home with children who would not otherwise have computer access outside school hours.  LFK has placed 330 computers since May 2010.  Machines are provided to schools absolutely free of charge, with local Masonic Angel Fund chapters covering the very low cost to refurbish and license the machines.  All work is done by the Masons’ team of skilled volunteers.

What's in the Laptop for KIDZ computers

“Microsoft is very generous with us.” - Mario Meré.Laptops for KidZ computers are configured with either Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows Professional, obtained by the Masonic Angel Foundation as a non-profit member of the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher program.  “Microsoft is very generous with us,” reports LFK project director Mario Meré.

Volunteers also install OpenOffice, Avast! antivirus and Adobe Reader on each computer.  Laptops also receive Windows versions of the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook e-book readers.

Laptops for KidZ accepts donations of functional laptops with at least a Pentium 4 processor.  LFK accepts select Windows desktops but does not accept Apple products.  Donations to the 501(c)(3) Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. are tax deductible.

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