Reglue - Helping those on the wrong side of the Digital Divide

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A child's exposure to technology should never be predicated on the ability to afford it,
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Ken Starks
Technology
Taylor, Texas
United States
2 Team Members

My name is Ken Starks and I am the Executive Director of Reglue.  We refurbish donated computers and place them in the homes of financially disadvantaged kids in Central Texas.  With funding running out, we need your help.

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A non-profit organization, Reglue (Recycled Electronics and Gnu Linux for Education) works to bridge the digital divide in Central Texas. In the past few years, we have created 9 computer centers and refurbished more than 1,500 computers for children in need.

Who do we serve?

Amamda with computer

We serve the generation who will plant the first footprint on the surface of Mars.  These children will grow into the doctors and researchers that make cancer an inconvenience and not a death sentence.  They will relegate diabetes and other diseases like Smallpox and Polio into the annuls of Medicine .

A child that is destined to invent the Next Huge Thing in technology could be inspired by her first exposure to a home computer. 

We not only provide individual computers, we have set up 9 computer learning labs in and around Austin Texas.  Our crowned jewel is the Bruno Knaapen Technology Center where day care children, area kids, and adults can come use a computer to learn english, communicate with family outside the US or look for jobs.

We are also responsible for maintaining these learning lab computers as well as every one we give to our Reglue Kids.

What it is we need:

Changes in the funding environment and the serious illness of Ken Starks, our executive director, have left us short on resources. We don’t have the funds we need to maintain our computer centers and reach out to the 17,000 school-age children still without computers in Central Texas.

Thomas A. Knight is our partner in this project. A self-described “geek-dad, fantasy author, software developer, and avid role-player” Knight is the author of The Time Weaver series, an Amazon.com best seller.

No Starch Press, which bills itself as “the finest in geek entertainment” has donated several great books for perks. With one small donation you get an entertaining learning experience and a chance to shrink the digital divide at the same time.

And should we not reach our goal, we will take your donation dollar as far as it will carry us into the year.  We have alternative funding sources that may be available to us in 14 months, but in the mean time we could really use your help.

Why this is important:

Bruno Knaapen Technology Learning Center

The Digital Divide has become almost cliche' but it exists none the less.  In many Austin schools, kids are asked at the first of the year, "Who in the class doesn't have a computer at home?"  We want to reduce the number of those raised hands as much as we can.  With your help, we will.

My project has been covered state-wide by media over the past few years, yet we find ourselves needing some assistance to get through another year.  Our 7 directors and roster of 71 volunteers thank you in advance for your help in making this work not only for us, but for those who don't even know they need help yet.

A child's exposure to technology should never be predicated on the abilty to afford it.

 

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    The Time Weaver Chronicles

    For a donation of $5 or more, pick up an eBook copy of the first two novels in Thomas A. Knight's award-winning series, The Time Weaver Chronicles, in an eBook format of your choice (pdf, ePub, Kindle). Both of these books have made it on Amazon's bestseller's list, and Book I is the recipient of an indiePENdents Seal of Good Writing!

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    We will give every child who receives a Reglue computer a certificate of gift, containing your name and best wishes on a bright future.

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    The Book of Audacity

    The first ten donors that give 50.00 and ask for it will receive an autographed copy of "The Book of Audacity". Carla Schroder's definitive book on the cross-platform audio tool Audacity. We will ship your book 7 to 10 days after receipt of donation

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    Mike Daymon Original Painting

    Mike Daymon is a contemporary American artist who captures beautiful, everyday items on tile-sized medium. He paints on tile-sized hardboard and his work can run from moody to light and playful. He lets the shadows define the piece at times and it works beautifully for him. The extra 15 dollars covers shipping. See his painting at: http://tinyurl.com/ko96oun You must type this URL as the widget here does not copy text. This perk will ship 7-10 days after donation.

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    Thomas A. Knight's book set

    The first 10 donors who ask for it will receive autographed books one and two of The Time Weaver Series. The Time Weaver and Legacy are both Amazon.com best sellers in Fantasy and would be a great collection for anyone who appreciates the mind of this great author. Books will ship 7-10 days from donation date.

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    Our deepest thanks goes to the No Starch Press for donating these perks: The 100.00 donor who claims the perk will receive a set of books on The Gimp. Book of GIMP and Artist's Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition

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    From Thomas A. Knight

    For the first 10 people who donate $250 or more, I will send them a PDF copy of the *unedited* first draft of Reprisal, Book III of The Time Weaver Chronicles. This is a special gift, as I'm very careful about who sees my first drafts. Even my WIFE hasn't read my first drafts.

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    My personal computer

    I will ship you the computer from which I have published over 1 million words. Housed in an Aluminium Lian Li case is an Intel quad core processor with 4 gigs of RAM and an Nvidia Gforce 9800GT video card. A plexiglass access panel makes this a fun computer to own as well. Unfortunately, we can only ship to the 48 continental states. I will ship this computer to you upon completion of this campaign.

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    The first 4 donors of 400 dollars who ask for it will receive a laptop of desktop OR have it donated to a child in your name OR have it shipped to a child of your choosing. We can only ship to the US 48 states. Our apologies. We will ship your computer 7-10 days after receipt of donation.

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