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Connecting Kids with Computers

Wednesday May 19, 2004

Contact: Helene Kramer
Director of Public Information
(502) 574-7762

                        LMPD Fifth District to Connect Kids with Computers!

(May 19, 2004) -- The Louisville Metro Police Department Fifth District, located in Old Louisville, is beginning a new initiative to get computers to underprivileged children.

"This is a technology they need for present and future learning," says Major Larry Watkins, Commander of the Fifth District. "The more we provide children with the tools they need to succeed in life, the less likely they will become involved in crime." This initiative is a perfect fit with Chief Robert White's strong emphasis on crime prevention and community involvement.

The way the program works, the Fifth District generates donors of workable used computers.  Local public schools help identify children from homes that do not have a computer because the parents or guardians can not afford one.

The first child to get a computer through the Fifth District's initiative is Keith Talbott who goes to Engelhard Elementary School. He, his mother Carol Prince, his teacher Linda Bolware Stanford and the principal, Janice Bobo were on hand for the presentation today of a computer donated by Debra Gray, the owner of Zigafoos Antiques and Beyond on Bardstown Road. Ms. Gray is upgrading her business computers, heard about the program and made a donation.

Anyone who has a computer to contribute to this worthy cause should contact Major Larry Watkins at 574-7010.