Students raise money for new computers

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist MICHAEL MOOORE

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Posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 7:40 PM

DEL VALLE, Texas -- An English teacher and his students are raising money to buy Google Chromebooks to replace old technology.

Daniel Wheeler started a fundraising page on Indiegogo for his students to raise funds and awareness about his project.

"I thought this would be a creative way to involve them. They've never done this before," said Wheeler.

Right now the English department at Del Valle High School shares two mobile laptop stations. Students say the technology is out of date.

"The first computer I got it was missing keys, and if they don't have keys, they don't work," said student Esther Mohinga. 

"Two days in a row I had to sit in the room doing nothing, because the computer wouldn't even turn on, and it took forever to load," said Nicholas Rodriquez.

Del Valle is a Title I school; 85 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. Many don't have computers or Internet access at home. Some type their English papers on their phones.

If students reach their $11,700 fundraising goal, the school will purchase 30 Google Chromebooks, a charging station and a printer. The 180 students in Wheeler's classes will have access to them on a daily basis, and he will also share them with other teachers in the English department.

"That's a big impact for not a lot," said Wheeler. He also points out this is a lesson for students to use social media for positive purposes.

"Instead of using social media as a negative thing, we're actually using it to benefit our own class," said Monhinga.

The deadline to donate is Jan. 20. So far, students have raised $2,270.

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