BROOKLYN - Dozens of sixth-graders at P.S. 327 have become the lucky recipients of free computers thanks to a city program aimed at helping disadvantaged students.
The NYC Connected learning grant targets low-income kids, giving them a free computer, discounted broadband service and digital literacy training.
P.S. 327 Principal Stephen Appea says about 10 percent of the homework his students are assigned is Web-based, but 25 percent of the kids don't have access to a computer at home.
"What we're doing is completing the circle of learning from the school to the home," Appea says.
Dianna and Levon Labastide say they already have a computer in their home, but with seven people sharing the outdated machine, this new computer couldn't have come at a better time.
This year, 70 New York schools will be benefiting from the Connected learning grant, which means that 5,500 students will be taking home a new computer.