This is the time of year for giving and for some people that means giving to those in need. In this spirit, the Computer Club at Middlesex Community College recently gave away laptops to eight deserving fellow students, twice as many as last year. Student Peter Ereshena, of Middletown, the club’s president, along with Louis Sapia, associate professor of computer information technology, presented the laptops to the recipients in a special ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15.
Current students in good standing who entered the computer giveaway program wrote essays explaining their financial or situational needs and how they could each benefit from receiving a free laptop. They also had to include two faculty recommendations.
With nine children, including two sets of twins, a recent debilitating bout of meningitis, and the loss of her husband, Emira Martin, of Meriden is ready to really challenge herself now that she has her own computer.
Each year, the MxCC Computer Club sets aside a portion of their budget and collects donations from individuals to fund the purchase of laptops as giveaway prizes to qualified students. In the spring, the club also hosts an e-cycling event, where the campus community and the public are invited to bring old computers and electronic devices to be recycled. Donations from this event also help fund the purchase of the new laptops.
Shanikka Hyman, of Meriden, who wrote a three-page essay explaining her legitimate need. The laptop will replace her outdated computer, allowing her to take online courses and work on digital photography. Hyman is four courses away from her associate degree and is preparing for a career in radiology.
Computer engineering technology student Jonathan Remanche of Wallingford beamed with happiness when he received one of the laptops.
To find out about the MxCC Computer Club and the ecycling event, visit http://mxcc.edu/.