FEB. 15, 2013 -- The Kiwanis Club of Marietta, in conjunction with Marietta High School (MHS) and SPSU, has recently established the Kiwanis Technology Center at Marietta High School. This is a community-wide initiative designed to raise the academic performance of MHS students by closing the gap between those who have technology in their homes and those who do not.
MHS staffers have selected students with a documented lack of technology at home to receive laptop computers to aid them in their studies. The laptops will be serviced and monitored by SPSU and MHS.
To be eligible for the program, MHS staffers determine if the student has spent at least two years at MHS, has maintained a GPA of 2.5 or better, is on track for graduation, has a documented technology need and has no significant disciplinary actions against him/her.
Once a student has been selected to participate, a laptop is loaned to them for the duration of their education at MHS. As long as they graduate in a timely fashion, the school will turn over ownership of the computer to the student at that point.
Currently, 25 students have received laptops through the initiative. The Kiwanis Club of Marietta is committed financially to the program for at least another year, with plans to include up to 100 students.