Funding, Grants & Awards
8-Year-Old Wins Tech Portfolio for Her School
An 8-year-old in East Los Angeles won her elementary
portfolio of technology for its computer lab that will make it one of
tech-savvy in its part of the city.
Place Elementary School third-grader Gala
Lennane-Gordon wrote the winning essay in Ingram
Micro's Promise of Technology
Contest, in which students at K-12 public schools in six Southern
counties were asked to explain why their schools deserved the
In her essay, Lennane-Gordon wrote, "I don't want us
low and be labeled [negatively]. I want us to do our best and be
how special we are."
As a consequence, the winner of the IT makeover will
wide variety of equipment and software, including 40 Chromebooks, 12
at least five printers, five whiteboards, four floor carts, a charging
and 350 USB drives. Installation will be provided for all the equipment
well. The package is being provided by 12 sponsors ranging from Samsung and Xerox to
Peerless-AV and NG IT Solutions.
The competition was organized by Ingram Micro, a
"Serving the community is a vital part of our company
said Ingram Micro Executive Vice President Paul Bay. "Getting to extend
love of technology to these children has been a truly memorable
Lennane-Gordon's essay went on to describe how her
which 80 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch,
mostly malfunctioning and older equipment that made it difficult for
to prepare for standardized tests.
"We are over the moon about this," said Dorris Place
Susan D. Schmidt. "This is a terrific opportunity for our children."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.