Thursday, January 24, 2013

3 Cheers for Technology and the Children of Guatemala

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*This short story originally appeared on the Unruly Media Blog in December 2012. I always really liked it and wanted to share it with you guys, because I think a lot of people who grew up in the 80s and 90s can probably relate to what I?m talking about.?

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Looking back on my school days, the memories that come back to me time and time again revolve around computers. Oh, how I loved the green hue from those early Apple computers, and later I fell just as hard for the click, clack of the computer keyboards in my typing class.

It?s hard to imagine now, but in those days most people did not have computers in their homes. Luckily, the educators in my school district saw the importance of computer education and did their best to outfit our schools with computer labs. Now as a full-time blogger, I?m not exactly sure where I?d be if it wasn?t for my early exposure to computers and technology.

As I stroll around town editing stories on my iPhone, I sometimes forget that there are still places around the world that are just finally getting computers into their students hands. On a recent volunteer trip to Guatemala with Cooperative for Education, Beth and I helped inaugurate a computer lab at Panajxit Cooperative School and then paired up with students to explored some of the educational software on their workstation. Seeing their wide-eyes and concentrated smiles brought me right back to my elementary school computer lab.

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Beth and I both feel that the computers are one of the great equalizers of our society, second only to reading. And because we couldn?t imagine any student not having access to modern technology like we had growing up, we decided to a raise $2,000 to bring two new PC workstations to the Panajxit school.

To show our thanks, we put together a terrific travel prize pack with the help of ?Tom Bihn and Guerrilla Packs.

Tickets are only $15 and the best part is that 100% of your donation goes directly to Cooperative for Education, specifically the Panaxjit school in Guatemala that we volunteered at this summer.

Donate now to get your entry into the raffle, help out some fantastic kids and get a chance to win a great travel prize pack!

  • $15 Donation ? ? ?? =? 1 entry?????? ? ? ? ? ? $25 Donation ? ? ?? = 2 entries
  • $50 Donation?????? =? 4 Entries ? ? ? ?? ? $100 Donation ? ?? = 10 entries? <<<< Increase your odds!!!


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Wondering what?s in the raffle prize pack?

3 Gift Cards ? $25 Amex Gift Card, $25 Amazon Gift Card, $25 Itunes Gift Card (value: $75)
Tom Bihn Luggage! 1 Aeronaut luggage bag &, 1 Packing Cube Backpack and 1 Travel Safety Whistle (value: $300)
RTW Votij Backpack from Guerrilla Packs (value: $150)
Adventurer?s Travel Journal Pack By Earmark (value: $35)
Download of Getting Out Of Auto (value: $10)

Total Prize Pack is worth $570 and the winner takes all so donate now and grab yourself a ticket to the raffle!

We?re almost to our goal of $2,000 and the fundraiser closes on Jan. 31, 2013 so be sure to hurry up if you want to participate. icon smile Technology and the Children of Guatemala

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