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From Left: Education Foundation of Sarasota County Executive Director Jennifer Vigne and Program Manager Jennifer Sams, Sgt. Jeffrey Vajdik, Sarasota County Schools Judicial Liaison Lindsay Gallof and Supervisor of Alternative Programs Bethany King, and Sheriff Knight.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office received a donation of three laptops from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, non-profit philanthropic organization and partner of the Sarasota County School District.
The donated computers will be used by juvenile inmates at the Sarasota County Jail who are working toward their high school diploma. While Sarasota County Schools regularly offers educational courses to juvenile inmates, this new technology will give them access to education outside normal classroom hours. The laptops are secured through the sheriff's office network and will only allow inmates to access one curriculum-based website.
"This is another innovative way the community is coming together to create alternatives," said Sheriff Knight. "Taking proactive steps to provide education and resources to incarcerated juveniles is one small step towards their success later in life."
"The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is committed to providing a quality education to all students, regardless of where the learning takes place," said Jennifer Vigne. "We're proud to support this initiative to give juvenile inmates increased access to online learning and the opportunity to stay on track despite their current situations."