STUDENTS at Cleveland's COOEE Indigenous Family and Community Education Centre have been given a helping hand thanks to a generous donation from national charity GIVIT.
Four laptops were donated to the school to help disadvantaged students complete their homework and assignments under the school's bring your own device policy.
COOEE program manager Margie Kennedy said the school had registered with GIVIT to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families in need across the Redlands.
"It was brought to our attention that a few of the students at a local high school were falling behind as they didn't have a laptop, which are essential to complete their school work," she said.
"We couldn't afford the laptops for the families who are struggling, but one of our community networks recommended we register with GIVIT, and we are so glad we did."
GIVIT Indigenous engagement officer Temiah Henaway said the charity ran a support program that helped struggling families ensure children were able to attend school with all the required resources.
"When a student does not have items that non-disadvantaged children have, such as school shoes or a laptop, this causes strong feelings of shame and can significantly impact their attendance rates," she said.
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