Hawthorne school laptop receives donations in a supermarket effort to help young people pursue their studies by targeting digital exclusion

From left: Sarah Osborne, Susan Parish and Katie Tropani, ASDA Havant donate equipment to Park Community School. Image: Emily Turner
From left: Sarah Osborne, Susan Parish and Katie Tropani, ASDA Havant donate equipment to Park Community School. Image: Emily Turner

As part of Asta Haven’s effort to tackle the digital exclusion in the community, Park Community School has acquired five laptops and is expected to arrive five after Easter.

Katie Tropani, a supermarket community champion, suggested donating equipment to her local school so students could continue their studies and stay connected.

Along with Dell laptops, Asta Haven Park provides community school students with laptop bags, headphones and a dongle that provides three months of internet access.

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Susan Parish, Business and Community Manager at Park Community School, has some equipment to provide for students. Image: Emily Turner

Katie said: ‘It was wonderful to be able to help, we have such a good relationship with Park Community School, and it would be great to be able to provide this level of assistance.

‘I understand how important it is to have this tool because I am a mom myself.’

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Supermarket recently formed an alliance with Dell to invest $ 2 million so that each Asta store in the UK can donate at least 10 laptops to a school in need in their local community.

Susan Parish, business and community manager at Park Community School, said: ‘Because some of our families do not have hardware, these laptops will go to vulnerable students.

‘Having quality equipment for students to work from home is invaluable.’

The initiative to support schools struggling with digital exclusion was launched after Oxfam research showed that nine percent of children in the UK do not have access to home appliances.

Sarah Osborne, Customer Business Manager at Asta Haven, said: ‘It’s amazing to donate these laptops, everyone is happy to help children.’

Sophia Harrison

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I'm Sophia Harrison working as a part-time staff at the Costco since the past year until I become as an author at the iron blade, hope I can use my experiences with the supermarkets here.

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