ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Students in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area don't go back to school for a couple of weeks, but you can help make sure they're ready. Ting Internet is partnering with the nonprofit Computers4Kids (C4K) to host the Charlottesville Back to School Bash. Before the event, C4K is collecting three items: earphones, earbuds, and wireless computer mice.

"We asked them what they needed and those are the items they told us. We need headphones so they can learn and wireless mouse’s with the Chromebook’s to be more effective,” said Liz Hoeppner, C4K communications manager.

For every item the community donates, ting is donating $1 to the nonprofit. Donations can be dropped off the C4K mentoring studios weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The bash is set for August 17 at the Sprint Pavilion.

Ting Internet & Computers4Kids Press Release:

Charlottesville, VA, August 5, 2019: Ting Internet, a division of Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX, TSX: TC), is proud to partner with Computer4Kids (C4K) to sponsor the eighth annual Charlottesville Back to School Bash.

Ting is partnering with Computers4Kids (C4K), a local youth mentoring non-profit, to host a tech drive in advance of the Back to School Bash. The tech drive will be accepting donations through August 16 for tech accessories to help encourage learning in and outside of the classroom.

The Charlottesville Back to School Bash provides free school supplies and backpacks for local students from grades K-12. This year’s Back to School Bash will be held on August 17 at the Sprint Pavilion.

The use of technology is integral in both Ting and C4K’s everyday work. As technology advances and classrooms in Charlottesville are becoming more modern and technologically equipped, students require new tools. Ting and C4K are asking the community to help in their efforts by donating new over-ear headphones for youth in grades K-4 and new in-ear soft earphones and wireless computer mice for youth in grades 5-12.

Sponsorship and community involvement are at the core of Ting Internet’s work. Ting supports C4K’s efforts in fostering STEAM skills in Charlottesville’s youth. For each item donated, Ting will donate $1 to Computers4Kids so they can continue fostering these valuable skills.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Ting to make this year’s Back to School Bash even more tech-tastic! Both C4K and Ting connect people through technology. Your donation is a direct investment in a young person. Each gift will help provide C4K members with meaningful STEAM mentoring. Thank you!” says Kala Somerville, Executive Director of C4K.

All community donations can be dropped off at C4K’s Mentoring Studios located at 945 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902 between 9am-6pm Monday-Friday. All donations will be distributed at the Back to School Bash.