Foundation to purchase laptops for city students

The Wendl Foundation, a south county 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is kicking off a pledge drive today — Friday — on the crowdfunding website


The goal of the online pledge drive will be to raise money to purchase laptop computers to disadvantaged children living in the St. Louis Public Schools District, according to a news release.

There are only so many needs-based scholarships to private brick-and-mortar schools, and charter schools have limited space, the release stated. Low-income parents living in the city of St. Louis have only one option at that point: Opt out of the traditional school system and have their child use an online/virtual school.

The main constraint in attending a virtual school is the cost of a laptop computer. Laptop scholarships will be distributed only to children living in the city of St. Louis who qualify for the federal free and reduced student lunch program and use a virtual-school option, the release stated.

Individuals can view the online campaign and make a tax-deductible donation by visiting


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