Nonprofit gifts educational tablets to underprivileged WNC children to prepare for kindergarten

July 24, 2023   ●   by ApSeed

A hand presses an icon on the screen of a blue Seedling educational touchpad.

ApSeed Early Childhood Education nonprofit gifted underprivileged children ages 3-5 in Buncombe County touchscreen tablets loaded with educational apps and games to help better prepare them to enter kindergarten.

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BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC — More underprivileged children in western North Carolina are going to be properly educated by the time kindergarten starts thanks to the efforts of a nonprofit. ApSeed Early Childhood Education made multiple stops this afternoon throughout Buncombe County handing out kits that included learning touch tablets.

The tablets are equipped with over 15 apps and games to help young ones get caught up on the alphabet, sounds and numbers. A $2.5 million grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction allows the organization to distribute the kits throughout 14 N.C. counties.

“Seeing them engaged at that level and be excited about learning warms our hearts,” said Julie Morrow, ApSeed executive director. “That’s what we want for every child — to be excited about learning and knowing they can, and they have the resources.”

The device doesn’t require a wi-fi signal and doesn’t have a camera or flashlight, which Morrow said is safer for a child between the ages of three and five.

From WLOS-TV ABC 13 (by Ed DiOrio and Bill Evans)