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Hillsborough sheriff hands out free computers to help Dover Elementary students with e-learning

25 laptops & desktops given to Hispanic families
Posted at 3:58 AM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 07:31:42-04

DOVER, Fla. — Sorayda Rendon shares a small tablet computer at home with her two brothers.

They don't always feel like sharing, says the fifth grader at Dover Elementary.

"They're in high school," Sorayda sighs.

When Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister handed her a free desktop computer to bring home, she couldn't stop smiling.

"I'm so grateful, so thankful," says Sorayda.

Chronister, his Hispanic Advisory Council and eSmart Recycling teamed up to donate 25 desktop and laptop computers to the Dover Elementary student body, more than 90 percent of which is Hispanic and qualifies for free and reduced lunches.

Many students here are unable to do proper e-learning at home before or during the pandemic because of a lack of technology.

Their options are limited.

"When you talk about members of our community who need a donation like this the most, that's what's happening here today," says Chronister.

About $6,000 worth of technology was donated.