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11/20/2006-Tyler

Free Computers For Kids

School's out for the 4th and 5th graders at Jones Elementary, but they're happy to stay late in their school's computer lab. They're getting a hands-on lesson today, so when they get their very own computers next week they'll know how to use them.

The computers are a gift from the Mustard Seed Ministry of Cedar Street United Methodist Church in Tyler. Every week, these self proclaimed 'computer nerds' spend hours refurbishing computers to give to school-aged children.

Dave Baxter has been with the group since the beginning.

He says, "It's a challenge.  It's never the same thing."

The ministry started three years ago when the church began fixing up salvage computers. Their first project was to give away 150 computers to 5th graders at Douglas Elementary school.

Program Director Karen Jones says, "They were excited.  We were excited.  You could tell it really did a lot of good."

From there, the ministry just exploded. In the last three years, more than 2,500 kids have recieved their own computers.

"The technology is such a neccesity.  Even while they're in school, it's a necessity. They pull homework assignments off of them. Schools are now using the internet for reading assignments. They aren't even going to assign books anymore," says Karen.

The Mustard Seed Ministry hopes their work will open up doors for these kids not just at school, but for the rest of their lives.

To donate a used computer call 903-530-2046.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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