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Dartford Cash Converters donates laptops to local children home learning without access to a device

Leading second-hand retailer, Cash Converters, lends its support to a local primary school after hearing some children weren’t able to access online classes

The store, based on High Street, donated nine laptops to help families on the waiting list for a device

Dartford Cash Converters has teamed up with a local primary school to provide much-needed laptops to help schoolchildren with their learning at home.

Following government guidelines to close all UK schools in January, children and teachers at Westgate Primary School on Summerhill Road are currently interacting through daily online learning.

After being supplied with twelve government laptops from the Department of Education, the school still had families on the waiting list for a home-learning device, with some having to access learning from their parents’ mobile phones. 

Hearing of the school’s challenge to source devices for its pupils, Paul Saunders, franchisee at Cash Converters, stepped in to offer help by donating nine laptops from his popular Cash Converters store on High Street, Dartford.

Paul said: “It’s a sad reality that there are many families in Dartford who don’t have access to laptops and devices to help with learning at home, and that’s why I wanted to help.

“It’s been a pleasure to be able to support Westgate Primary School, and to help more families in the area get access to education at home. I would encourage any business that’s in a position to help schools out during this time to do so, as communities like ours need to stick together.”

Once the decision to close schools is lifted and children are allowed to return to school, the donated laptops will be kept in school used to support children with additional learning needs.

Jennifer Evans, Headteacher at Westgate said: “Schools like ours up and down the country are being faced with the same problem. There simply aren’t enough devices available for all families right now and that makes home learning incredibly challenging.

“Staff have been working tirelessly to ensure that our children have three to four hours of interactive online learning every day, and the fact that some children are missing out on this is a real issue for us.  

“All children have a right to access education, and that includes access to the proper tools to help them get online. And that’s why we’re so incredibly grateful to Paul and his team at Cash Converters Dartford for offering to support us. The laptops have already been issued to families on our waiting list and parents have been so appreciative of the store’s kindness. We’re proud to be part of a community that supports one another when times are hard.”