The students actually got to take home laptops Thursday.

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- In addition to food, the Tempe Elementary School District will be distributing laptops for students to use during school closures.

Volunteer district and nutrition staff distributed the free meals and laptops Thursday afternoon at Scales Technology Academy located at 1115 W. 5th Street in Tempe.

Scales Technology Academy Principal Andrew Lebowitz see the value in continuing engagement and learning of kids while school is closed.

"Obviously, they miss school, right? They wanna be here. They miss us, but I am just overwhelmed by the turnout that we have. I wasn't expecting anywhere near this," Lebowitz said.

Tempe students get laptops

All Tempe Elementary School District schools are offering students in grades K-8 the opportunity to check out their District-issued Chromebook or iPad for use during school closures. Families can go to their school and pick up their learning devices between 1-5 pm today and between 8 am -12 pm Friday.

Every day this week, volunteers with the district are passing out free meals to anyone under 18 at 9 locations from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The locations are listed below.

  • Arredondo Elementary, 1330 E. Carson Dr., Tempe 85282
  • Connolly Middle School, 2002 E. Concorda Dr., Tempe 85282
  • Frank Elementary, 8409 S. Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe 85283
  • Holdeman Elementary, 1326 W. 18th St., Tempe 85281
  • Laird School, 1500 N. Scovel St., Tempe 85281
  • Nevitt Elementary, 4525 E. St. Anne Ave., Phoenix 85042
  • Scales Technology Academy, 1115 W. 5th St., Tempe 85281
  • Thew Elementary, 2130 E. Howe Ave., Tempe 85281
  • Wood Elementary, 727 W. Cornell Dr.,Tempe 85283

Several schools already use a 1:1 model where every student has access to a personal computer. In the same process as meal pick-ups, parents can drive up to the school, provide their student's name and volunteers will distribute laptops.

The devices have been pre-loaded with the same educational programs and apps students use in the classroom. Paper-and-pencil activities, as well as project-based learning activities, are also available for pick-up.

The district's goal is to create enrichment and continue to offer learning opportunities for students while they are out of school. There will be no grades or formal assessments during this time.


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