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PCs for Kids Program Surpasses Expectations

by Dawn Hegland on September 4th, 2012

Last Spring, we told you about the UMVRDC’s work with the Blandin Foundation’s Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) and PCs for People to bring at least 50 computers to distribute among school districts in Region 6W. The program, called PCs for Kids, was a huge success and surpassed initial expectations.


A PCs for People Staff Person unloads a computer monitor.

RDC Executive Director Dawn Hegland met with participating schools on August 10, 2012 to distribute 100 computers to five different school districts in the region. There was at least one school in each of our five counties that participated in the program:

  • MACCRAY – Chippewa County
  • Benson – Swift County
  • Lac qui Parle Valley – Lac qui Parle County
  • Ortonville – Big Stone County
  • Yellow Medicine East – Yellow Medicine County


The five participating schools are providing the computers to families in their school district who currently do not have computers or internet access. Families will also be provided with start-up incentives to local internet providers to get connected to the internet.


Lac qui Parle Valley Schools Superintendent Renae Tostenson said the gratitude expressed by the families in her district receiving the computers was overwhelming. Several families described how they would use the computers to access online learning and keep connected with school activities by visiting their school website. “It is times like that when we truly understand the impact we can have on our student’s lives,” said Tostenson.


For more information on the UMVRDC’s work with MIRC, please visit the MIRC page here on our website.


A pallet of computer hard drives and monitors from PCs for People.

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