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Holmes High School Students to Get New MacBooks

Every student at Holmes High School will receive a MacBook laptop computer.
Seniors and juniors will be the first in line to get their computers beginning Tuesday morning.
More than 820 computers will be issued to students in grades 9-12.
Superintendent Alvin Garrison said the MacBooks will not only prepare students to compete regionally and globally, but the laptops will help close the digital literacy gap for Holmes students.
“Many of our families cannot afford computers at home,’’ Garrison said. “By providing our students with MacBooks, we are putting them on par with students from other districts that offer this technology. Our students are so deserving of this.’’
The initiative will cost Covington Independent Public Schools $747,000 for the devices, infrastructure, and training. The Covington Board of Education discussed the idea at a meeting in September and approved the purchase in October
Newport Independent Schools issued MacBooks to all Newport High School students earlier in the school year, thanks to a federal grant.
Students will not need internet access at home, and will be able to complete assignments using apps that work offline.
Administrators and teachers have already been trained on the computers.
-Staff report