We’ve been working on an academic incentive program at Gordon Parks High School for three years now, and just a couple of months ago we hit a major milestone. In just three years, we have donated 250 laptops to students at GPHS – nearly $100,000 worth of equipment!
GPHS is an alternative school – a place where students who have not been successful in a traditional school setting can earn their high school diploma or GED. To incentivize students to show up and participate in class, Paul Creager, curriculum and media arts coordinator, created a program that would reward students with 80% attendance and show excellent class participation with a laptop.
Many of these students don’t have a computer at home – so for them, this is huge. It allows them to complete school work, apply for jobs and correspond with teachers, family and friends. It empowers them to be successful in school, at work and in the community.