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Tools for Schools: Crestworth Elementary gets brand new computer lab

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POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 3:28pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 15, 2014 - 5:10pm

Technology is essential for learning these days, but some schools can't afford it So, NBC33 teamed up with some local organizations to make sure students at one local school had a computer lab of their own.

Crestworth Elementary used to be a "D"-rated school, but it's come a long way, up to a "B" rating. The principal Cleo Perry said he believes these new computers will be just the thing to help push them toward that "A".

"I think this will be great for our students, definitely because a lot of students don't have computers at home," Perry said.

Cleo Perry has been a principal Crestworth Elementary for seven years. He said it has been a long road, but this is one of those moments that make it all worth it.

"I think the partnership between the community, the parents, the teachers, and the school system as a whole makes for a better student," Perry said.

Crestworth Elementary was picked out of dozens of schools in the Baton Rouge Area. Now it has 20 refurbished computers. That's all thanks to the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, Roadrunner Towing and all of us here at NBC33. It's part of "Tools for Schools".

"Crestworth is a community school. You know, my business is just down the road, and they didn't have a computer lab at all," said Judy Smart, the owner of Roadrunner Towing.

"So they'll have a chance to get on computers here, and it won't be just a few computers that are in the library. There will be 20 other computers," said Nancy Jo Craig, the executive director of CACRC.

"Definitely with the school having the computers we are able to provided technology enriched programs that would help them with standardized tests, computer-based tests, and also providing a better standard of living for our students," Perry said.

The students couldn't be more excited.

"I feel great because I want to learn how to type more, because one day I want to be like a game designer," said Khrissell Lee.

"I like getting these new computers today because we're going to learn new things, and my mind is focused on my education," said Keyshyra Horton,

"It can help us learn more better than getting the textbooks. It can take shorter time, and we can learn how to type and stuff," said Kelsey Stallion.

Even though this year's "Tools for Schools" event is over, it's never to late to donate your old electronics. You can just drop them off at the CACRC office. The address is 1400 Main Street in Baton Rouge.

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