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Couple Bought More Than 100 Computers For Students

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Murfreesboro businessman and his wife established a computer pilot program for seventh and eighth graders.

On Monday, all middle school students at Kittrell Elementary School received free laptop computers. More than 100 students gathered in the school library for the announcement about Rutherford Leap. Ira and Sara Brody bought 110 laptops.

"It's not meant just as something just to do," Ira Brody said. "It's meant to actually give children the same opportunity that I had. My father luckily was blessed and gave me a computer at a very young age and it helped me tremendously through my life. Hopefully this will do the same thing for these students."

Eighth grader Andrew Baxter said he can't wait to get to work.

"It will help us at home do our work, help us learn better words that we can use. Overall, help us become a better student," he said.

The Brodys provided the seed money to start the program. Hopefully others will step up and help to pay for more laptops as part of an ambitious $1 million fundraising effort.

"Even more incredible if the pilot works and we are able to get these computers to all seventh graders in the entire county," said Kittrell Elementary School Principal Sherry Chaffin.

The students will be able to take them home and keep them through high school.

"I just want to say thank you. They could have chosen any other school," said eighth grader Brianna Harrell. "Just thank you."

For information about Rutherford Leap laptop pilot program, contact James Evans, community relations coordinator for Rutherford County Schools at 615-893-5812 or evansj@rcs.k12.tn.us

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