That gauntlet of lemonade stands set up on Davidson’s streets on Saturday really delivered, and that means computers for local school kids who need them. Organizers with E3D (Eliminate Davidson’s Digital Divide) said Sunday night the effort raised $3,134 – the equivalent of about 10 new or 30 refurbished computers.
The nonprofit E3D estimates there are 50 students at Davidson Elementary School alone who don’t have the advantage of a home computer with an internet connection. Founded in February by town residents, the group is working with public schools in Davidson and Cornelius as well as the Ada Jenkins Center to obtain computers and provide technical support.
On Saturday, families around town did their part, setting up neighborhood lemonade stands and promoting the effort. The stands were found at locations from Community School of Davidson off Griffith Street and Roosevelt Wilson Park to the Village Green and Summit Coffee to McConnell and River Run.
In a note to volunteers, organizer Pat Millen said: “Lives are going to change for some really deserving kids. Why? – Because you guys raised a ton of money for some kids to get their first computers. … Each lemonade stand was unique today in its staffing and look and feeling. They were all the same, however, in heart and success.”
Millen has said it will take about $15,000 to provide computers to Davidson Elementary School students whom the school has said would benefit from the program. Since it started, E3D has expanded its goal, and now also hopes to help families in need at elementary and middle schools in Cornelius.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Visit www.e3d-ajc.com for details about the E3D effort.
April 25, 2013, Around Davidson column, “Good deed doers and dognition.”
Feb. 27, 2013, feature, “E3D’s goal: Eliminate Davidson’s Digital Divide.”