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Laptop computers will assist in dropout prevention program in Alachua County Public Schools

Laptop computers will assist in dropout prevention program in Alachua County Public Schools

The Dharma Endowment Foundation has purchased laptop computers to support United Way of North Central Florida’s Check & Connect Program. Each student enrolled in the Check & Connect Program will receive a laptop to aid them in their educational journey toward graduation.

“The laptop computers will help our Check & Connect students capitalize on educational opportunities that they did not have before,” said Matt Fajack, United Way of North Central Florida board chair, and University of Florida vice president and chief financial officer.

The laptops will be given to each student on a borrowed basis. After the student achieves the educational goals set by themselves and the Check & Connect Dropout Prevention specialists, the laptop will become theirs to keep.

The Check & Connect Program is made possible through a two-year contribution from the AT&T Aspire educational foundation that provides dropout prevention services to at-risk 9th graders in three Alachua County high schools: Gainesville, Eastside and Hawthorne.

Check & Connect is a program developed to engage students in their education. Through long-term and sustained support, Check & Connect seeks to build a relationship with each student connecting them with their school and aiding in their progress toward graduation.  Bi-weekly conversations, tutoring and homework help form the basis for a trusted bond between the student and the Check & Connect specialist. This enables the specialist to individually and definitively determine the interventions best suited to the students’ needs.

For more information or to cover when the students receive their laptops, please contact Kim Faenza at 352-333-0855 or

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