Savvy seniors complete computer course

POSTED: 03/21/11 5:44 PM

St. Maarten – Seven senior citizens received certificates for completing a computer course at the Belvedere Community Center on Friday evening. Among the seniors was an 80 year old who followed the course for three months.

“Now that the seniors have completed the course they have nowhere to practice their skills. I am appealing to the business community to donate computers to them. It does not make any sense to teach them and they do not have anywhere to continue to practice,” community center administrator Jessica Richardson said.

The next course will teach the seniors how to get on the internet and work with a Skype account that will enable them to stay in touch with family abroad cheaply. “We want the business community to assist these seniors. They have given all their time in the past to the community and I want the businesses in the community to give back. They have been giving to all types of things and people but when there is a need to do something for them we have a problem giving,” Richardson said.

“If I had the money I would have bought the computers myself,” she added.” I am not going to give up; I will get the computers for them.” She stressed that a desk top computer costs about $400.00. “If each computer store on the island gave one computer all seniors would have their own. Such a gift is tax deductable.”

The seniors had positive comments for Richardson and for the youth who taught the course. “Even though it was tedious at the beginning we still found time to laugh at these incidents after we had overcome the hurdles,” one of them said

The oldest participant in the course wrote a book about St. Maarten/St. Martin’s history. She is looking forward to present it before the end of the year.


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