Technology is so common, it’s easily taken for granted.

Laptops, tablets, smart phones are everywhere.

But that’s not always true, not for all children in the state.

It’s not even true for all school districts in West Virginia.

Imagine classrooms where students only have access to computers every five weeks.

Every five weeks.

Not even once a month on average.

Times are increasingly tough in counties that depended on coal revenue.

Most of that funding is mostly gone now, it disappeared as the mines closed and people moved away.

Perhaps no one knows this better than veteran educator Carrena Rouse who has seen this devastation firsthand in Boone County.



Scott High School English teacher and president of the Boone County American Federation of Teachers, Rouse has seen students leave, schools close, teachers laid off and other positions eliminated.

Vacancies aren’t always filled, and more cuts are possible.

It is now necessary to make due with what’s available, but that isn’t easy.

And it’s downright inadequate when it comes to technology.

So Rouse started an online fundraiser to help replace the outdated computers, and provide additional access to students.

Five people have already donated $290 of the $10,000 goal.

But it’s only been three days, and more donations are still being sought.

Here’s her Facebook page post detailing the need: