By providing laptop computers to St. Louis children, the Wendl Foundation is providing
assistance to parents who are homeschooling their children. The laptop computer
is a way for children to connect to the outside world and gain access to vast amounts
of information including many of the new virtual schools that are springing up at
affordable tuition rates.
Our objective is to empower poor children living in the city of St. Louis to educate
themselves. Our city of St. Louis public school system is currently unaccredited
and not meeting the minimum standards for reading and mathematics. Too few
of our parents living in St. Louis cannot afford to have their child opt out of
the failing public school system by attending an expensive brick-and-mortar private
school. There are only so many private scholarships available for inner city
children and the seating is limited for the small number of charter schools in existence. What
is a poor parent to do living in the St. Louis city limits if none of the traditional
educational alternatives to a government school is available to them? Through
the distribution of laptop computers, children have a new way to gain knowledge
and bypass the current barriers in place to a quality education.