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Live Oak students try out new computers

Posted: September 13, 2008 9:18 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 

The Castaic community united to provide Live Oak Elementary School with a new computer lab - with donations coming from parents, the Castaic Union School District and Chiquita Landfill, Inc.

The lab opened this week with 40 shiny, new computers and second-grade students from classes taught by Ed Zippay and Beth Woods were eager to try them out recently.

"They were so excited to come here - I couldn't calm them down," Wood said.

Money for the lab came from several sources, with Live Oak students raising $7,000 in last year's Read-A-Thon and then the Castaic Education foundation matching the funds, the PTA contributing $10,000 and Chiquita donating $5,000.

"It's amazing how the community came together," said Principal Cynthia Seamands. "It was my first year as principal last year and I just couldn't believe how wonderful everyone was."

The landfill, which was criticized by some members of the community, has changed over the years and is now helping to make a difference, said Live Oak parent and Val Verde resident Natalie Tate.

"I used to sit on my deck not liking the landfill when I was pregnant with my son, and now my son is here eight years later walking into this lab," Tate said, getting choked up. "Not only have they changed my life by improving the air quality, but they are changing my children's lives now, too."

Tate encouraged Seamands to call the landfill and request a donation.

"(Chiquita Landfill) came through for us and it seems to be like a good partnership now," Seamands said. "Our kids need to know how to navigate a computer, so this is great."

Live Oak was the only Castaic school without a computer lab, so now all Castaic students are covered when it comes to the subject of technology.

Second grader Justin Leyva, 7, has a computer at home so he knew what he was doing when the new computers were unveiled for his class.

"I like to go on different Web sites and play games," Justin said. "It's fun."

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