Even as some of the nation's top technology leaders met at the White House this spring to talk about the gap between the computer haves and have-nots, an ELCA congregation on Chicago's South Side, St. Thomas, was opening its doors to the after-school crowd of elementary students who daily use the church's 12 computers.
Begun four years ago with several used computers donated by members, the afternoon program is a cooperative venture with the neighborhood school. Parishioners keep the computers up-to-date and also help with the weekend study time for students.
The White House conference reported that 60 percent of Americans with incomes above $75,000 have Internet access, but only 9 percent of those with incomes below $25,000 are on the net.
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