Church of Alexandria donates computer tablets to help students prepare for school

On Saturday, a church in Alexandria, Va., donated thousands of computer tablets to help needy young students prepare for the upcoming school year.

On Saturday, Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., donated hundreds of computer tablets and other back-to-school items to local families in need.

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It’s the 20th anniversary of the Brother’s Keeper Outreach Project at Alfred Street Baptist Church. This year, they commemorated the occasion by providing assistance to struggling families.

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More than 650 families showed up at the Nannie J. Lee Center in Alexandria, where they received a transparent bag containing school supplies. Instead of the traditional notebook and pencils, each bag contained a Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 for each student.

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Along with the tablet and its protective case, the bags also included a children’s book, a Bible, and Wal-Mart and Amazon gift cards for back-to-school purchases.

OMCP/Luke Lukert

On Saturday, a church in Alexandria, Va., donated thousands of computer tablets to help needy young students prepare for the upcoming school year.

It’s the 20th anniversary of the Brother’s Keeper Outreach Project at Alfred Street Baptist Church. This year, they commemorated the occasion by providing assistance to struggling families.

More than 650 families showed up at the Nannie J. Lee Center in Alexandria, where they received a transparent bag containing school supplies. Instead of the traditional notebook and pencils, each bag contained a Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 for each student.



The Reverend Marcia Norfleet, Alfred Baptist’s Minister for Personnel, told OMCP that COVID-19 has transformed the classroom to be overwhelmingly reliant on personal computers.

“It changed everything and changed the way kids learn, changed the classroom,” Norfleet said. “So we thought it best to give away another tech for the home, just in case people would share.”

Marquitta Johnson, mother of three school-aged boys, was shocked when she received the tablet.

“I was really expecting to get paper and pencil…So I’m really shocked and blessed,” a beaming Johnson told OMCP after receiving the tablet. “It’s good!”

Along with the tablet and its protective case, the bags also included a children’s book, a Bible, and Wal-Mart and Amazon gift cards for back-to-school purchases.

For families who were unable to attend Saturday’s giveaway, the church plans to ship additional supplies to 25 Title 1 schools in the area, benefiting some 13,000 students.

Norfleet said today’s event was simply part of the church’s mission.

“We are mandated to take care of each other. It’s important because there are so many people without, who are missing,” she said. “And our mission is to try to meet the need, to meet the lack.”

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