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Gypsum sixth-graders send computer to Uganda

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Gypsum, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyStudents at the Vienna Junior Boarding and Day School in Uganda test out their brand new computer.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” A school in northern Uganda bought its first computer with money raiser by sixth-graders at Gypsum Creek Middle School.

The Gypsum Creek students raised $400 for the Ugandan school, the Vienna Junior Boarding and Day School, and sent nonfiction picture books through the Books of Hope program, a national nonprofit in which U.S. schools sponsor a school abroad to help it meet its educational needs.

The Day School now has a computer, printer, scanner and copier, all of which are run by a power generator.

“The students were beyond excited to have a computer,” said Abha Thakkar, director of Books of Hope. “And although the school term had ended, all the teachers stayed for several hours, crowded around the monitor to explore and learn more about the new machine.”

Debra Lehr, sixth grade reading and language arts teacher at Gypsum Creek MIddle School, found out about Books of Hope by attending a conference where Thakkar spoke to educators about the importance for students in Uganda to rebuild their schools after more than 20 years of civil war.

Vienna Junior Boarding and Day School does not receive funds from the government. The school, like most Uganda schools, doesn’t have electricity, running water, telephones, Internet or adequate classrooms.

Tell a teacher about Books of Hope, help your local school to raise money to cover the participation fee or make a donation to Books of Hope on the Web, at

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