SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica gave the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation a $2,500 grant for its Tech4Success program, it was announced Friday. The grant will be used to buy laptops for seniors in the school district’s AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) program.

AVID is a program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who plan to become first generation college students, and Tech4Success provides technology workshops for participants. These workshops help improve students’ Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel skills and thereby help them prepare for college, representatives from the Ed Foundation said.

Tech4Success also gives away free laptops every year for students to take to college, and AVID seniors go through a lengthy application process to try to get one. The Education Foundation provides these laptops to about 18 students a year, and the Kiwanis Club contribution will help fund these laptops.

“These laptops give students an advantage as they start college that they wouldn’t have otherwise,” Rachel Faulkner, Ed Foundation program director, said. “It is wonderful that the Kiwanis Club is dedicated to providing for its community in this way.”

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