The San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School received two computers as a donation from Dr. Ron Ross on Thursday, May 7th, and will receive more over the next few months.
According to Principal Maria Lanza, the computers will be put to use right away. "What we would like to do is to get someone to come in and help us to set everything up. After that I would like to have the teachers who don't know to use a computer get lessons. We have about nine teachers who already know how. After the teachers are able to operate the machines, they will then workwith the students. Mostly standard five and six students who will be dealing with computers in high school."
Teacher Katy Brickey was instrumental in obtaining the computers. She had met Dr. Ross on a visit to San Pedro and showed him around the school. Dr. Ross saw the needs of the school and dedicated himself to finding some way to benefit the children of San Pedro. (Please see story on page 11.) Dr. Ross received the donated computers but it was difficult to figure a way to get them to San Pedro. Several organizations were contacted to donate delivery of the computers. No one responded.
Dunbar and Gerry Gram, parttime San Pedro residents, volunteered their services to solve this problem. They contacted their son, Jeff and his wife, Susan who paid for shipment of the computers from Colorado to North Carolina. From there the Grams brought the computers down. When asked for comment, Ms. Brickey said, "I feel that our school is incredibly fortunate to have been adopted by such a wonderful, caring group of people. These computers will benefit the children in innumerable ways, open up doors to the world. We are all very grateful."
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