Put Your Unused XO Laptop to Good Use in a Boston School

by Ostatic Staff - Aug. 11, 2010

Wondering what to do with your old XO laptop now that the novelty has worn off? Consider donating it to the Digital Literacy Project (DigLit) and put a computer you're no longer using into the hands of an elementary school student in one of two schools within the Boston Public School system.

DigLit is a non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of digital literacy programs in schools by creating laptop-based training programs. The project has already raised more than $20,000 in funding which helped launch laptop programs in Nicaragua, Australia, and now Boston.

"This fall, DigiLit will expand its laptop programming to include the 3rd grade at CFS [Cambridge Friends School], as well as the 4th and 5th grades at the Mission Hill School, totaling 80 students in the Boston area. In order to achieve a one laptop per child ratio at these schools, DigiLit is asking G1G1 participants to donate 'Get One' laptops they no longer use," writes a project Co-Chairman Katelyn Foley at OLPC News.

If you picked up an XO laptop during OLPC's 2008 fundraising drive, the DigLit project is a perfect way to give it a new home. If you don't have an XO laptop or aren't ready to part with it just yet, you can still help. DigLit is a finalist in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge and could win $25,000 to cover the cost of new laptops and classroom supplies. Vote for the project by texting 101352 to Pepsi (73774), or cast your vote right on Pepsi's Web site.