A Helping Hand
Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president and managing director of Everything Channel events, told the audience about a community project that aimed to help beautify and upgrade school technology and computers for an underprivileged Los Angeles elementary school. Everything Channel joined forces with local nonprofit LA Works to help improve the technology used by the young children at Dayton Heights Elementary School. The endeavor, part of Everything Channel's Channel@Work initiative and dubbed "Technology Makeover: School Edition," was a collaborative effort on the part of Everything Channel; LA Works; sponsors Microsoft, AMD, Samsung and Juniper; as well as solution providers Bob Nitrio of Ranvest Associates and Jessica DeVita of Uber Geek Girl, who formed a group of volunteers to assess the school's computers and then put together a plan so that the students had access to necessary equipment that would keep it competitive.
"Let me be frank. This school was really working without any modern technology to help students, and both educators and parents were growing frustrated. After all, this is a school that has the largest population of special needs children in the L.A. area, where 95 percent of the student body is under the poverty level and where resources are scarce," Hammervik said. As a result of the volunteers' hard work, Dayton Heights now has a computer lab, six new workstations in the library, mobile AV carts with projectors and flat panels, and up-to-date printing solutions -- as well as decoratively painted hallways -- all in time for the school's 100th anniversary.