When the pandemic forced all schools to transition to classes online, Emily McCreery began hearing about students struggling to learn at home because they did not have a computer.
“Not all students have a laptop at home that they can use for schooling,” she said.
McCreery, a Grade 11 student at Regina Christian School, knew she could do something to change that.
In August, she started a Facebook page called Laptops for Kids and began asking individuals and businesses to donate their used laptops or iPads.
She also reached out to Computers for Schools Saskatchewan, an organization that refurbishes and repairs donated computers before distributing them to schools, libraries and non-profits in need. Computers for Schools agreed to wipe the devices and update the operating systems for her.
After connecting with the Open Door Society and City Kidz, the organizations now reach out to McCreery when they have someone who needs a device. McCreery said she did not want to be deciding who receives what when the community organizations have a better understanding of local needs. She has also reached out to Regina Public Schools about a potential partnership.