The Carraway Foundation, in partnership with HOLLA!, gave out free school supplies and a total of 98 desktop computers and three laptops to Anson County students during an event at Ansonville Elementary School on Saturday morning.
Students from Ansonville Elementary, Wadesboro Primary and Wadesboro Elementary Schools were the recipients of the free computers, which are refurbished and provided by Cramden Institute in Durham. “Their mission is to make sure every household in North Carolina has a working computer,” said Angela Carraway, who heads up the Carraway Foundation. “We partnered with HOLLA! because they’re already established in Anson County.”
The schools supplies handed out on Saturday were from donations made by native Ansonians from all over North Carolina and even as far away as Texas, Carraway said.
Those who received computers or laptops previously filled out applications through their individual schools. “The teachers find out which students don’t have a computer at home and we send them an application,” Carraway explained. “Our goal is to make sure every home in Anson County has a computer by the end of the school year.”
A similar event was held for Morven and Lilesville earlier this year, and Carraway said she hopes to reach the Peachland-Polkton area as well. “Overall, we’ve probably hit more than 160 homes in Anson County through this effort,” she said.
“I think it’s great,” said Niel Kirby of the Burnsville community. “I definitely can’t buy a computer on my own.”
Lexi Little, a fifth-grader at Ansonville Elementary, said being able to receive her own computer was “exciting.”
“The thing I’m most excited about is to have someone like Angela Carraway working unselfishly to help the kids in Anson County,” said HOLLA! CEO Leon Gatewood.