Governor Bredesen and Connected Tennessee to Present Nearly 200 Nashville Area Foster Kids with Free Computers


Computers 4 Kids Program Arrives in Davidson County and the Mid-Cumberland; New Partners of the Program to Be Announced

What: Governor Phil Bredesen and Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids program will be presenting 183 deserving
foster
children in the Davidson County and Mid-Cumberland regions with brand new Dell laptops valued at over $100,000.
The recipients were recommended by the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) based on specified behavioral and
academic expectations. Computers 4 Kids is an innovative project designed to positively impact the future of disadvantaged
children in Tennessee by distributing computers to children and families facing economic challenges, are in the foster care
system or that struggle with behavioral disorders and other issues. Connected Tennessee is pleased to announce that
Commissioner Deborah Tate from the Federal Communications Commission will also be in attendance.  Commissioner
Tate will provide comment on Internet security for the Computers 4 Kids recipients and families and announce Connected
Tennessee’s recent partnership with the iKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition.


Who:
Phil Bredesen – Governor, State of Tennessee
Deborah Tate – Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Dr. Bob Fisher – President, Belmont University
Kenny Blackburn – AT&T
Michael Ramage – Executive Director, Connected Tennessee


When:
August 8, 2008 at 11 a.m.

Where: Belmont University
Gordon E. Inman Center, 1st floor
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212

Why: Almost half of the low-income families in Tennessee cite a lack of a computer at home as the reason they are not accessing
the Internet. Computers 4 Kids is intended to help bridge the gap between those who can afford computers and those who
cannot, while allowing thousands of disadvantaged Tennessee children and families the opportunity to participate in
the educational, economic and civic opportunities made available by having a computer in the home.

Media Contact: Mandy Hale at 615-242-9508 or mhale@connectedtn.org.

About Connected Tennessee: As a public-private partnership, Connected Tennessee partners with technology-minded businesses, government entities and universities to accelerate technology in the state.  For more information about what Connected Tennessee is doing to accelerate technology in Tennessee’s communities, visit www.connectedtennessee.org.

About Computers 4 Kids: Computers 4 Kids is an innovative project designed to positively impact the future of disadvantaged children in Tennessee by distributing computers to children and families facing economic challenges, are in the foster care system or that struggle with behavioral disorders and other issues. Through C4K, Connected Tennessee will award 1,000 computers per year over the next three years to children in need across Tennessee.

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