[sf-lug] grant writing help

jim jim at well.com
Thu Sep 23 08:37:15 PDT 2010

   How's it coming finding someone to help write 
a proposal for a grant to help fund your work in 
improving hardware for Linux systems for schools? 

On Wed, 2010-09-15 at 11:10 -0700, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> Hi,
> We have been providing support to public schools with Linux computers
> for 6 years now, and we would like to start to expand our efforts.  Up
> to now, we have been using re-purposed machines, but there have been
> complaints about the machines from some teachers and students.  A
> number of teachers have said that they would use more Linux machines
> if they could have notebook computers in the classroom.  Transitioning
> from the classroom to a lab is disruptive.  It costs at least 10
> minutes to get the kids up out of their seats, and into the next room,
> and then some kids inevitably need something from their classrooms
> such as a book or a piece of paper.  When classes are only 40 minutes
> long, a loss of 10 minutes can be significant.
> Also, some teachers have said that the old CRT monitors that we are
> using take up too much space, and appear junky.  Appearance generates
> pride, and the kids are more likely to take care of good equipment
> than old equipment.
> Also, we are not doing justice to Linux by installing it on old
> hardware.  People come to associate Linux with clunky old stuff.  They
> conclude that Linux is not as "new" or not as "good" as Microsoft
> Windows or Apple.  
> We could greatly use help with grant writing.  If you have experience
> as a grant writer, and would like to contribute to a great Linux
> project to place Linux computers in schools, we could certainly use
> your help! 
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