SWAT at Forest Park
The SWAT Club at Forest Park High School has partner with Virginia STAR Program and the SPARK Foundation, the Educational Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools. As such, computer donation is an easy process and a tax benefit for many organizations. As a supplement to the iT Program, students are encouraged to take part in the SWAT Computer Recycling Program. Students taking iT Fundamentals in 9th grade, then iT Essentials in 10th grade, develop their hardware and software skills by recycling used computers to help Forest Park and other schools throughout the Commonwealth.
For information on how to donate to the Virginia STAR Program, which supplies Forest Park’s SWAT students with computers and supplies for refurbishment, please click http://vastar.org/
The Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment program (or VA STAR) is a collaborative effort of the Secretaries of Education and Technology and the Departments of Education and General Services to introduce Virginia’s students to the field of IT repair. The Forest Park High School IT program has successfully opened the doors of the IT field to students in Prince William County. “Secretary Morris and I were incredibly impressed with the results of Forest Park’s SWAT Program and related outreach efforts to both educate tomorrow’s technology–based workforce and close gaps in the digital divide.” VA STAR –
BRIDGING THE GAP
Forest Park’s SWAT program becomes the ‘best practice’ model for the State of Virginia!
The 1st Bridging the Gap event was held at Forest Park on May 22nd 2008.
SWAT (Students Working to Advance Technology)
students built over 50 computers for local families.
The 2nd Bridging the Gap Event was held at Forest Park on December 9th, 2008.
Again over 50 computers were distributed to the local community.