Eddie Pinaud: "Providing children with access to digital technologies to help them succeed at school"

In Oak Hill, in the US, Eddie Pinaud spends his free time improving digital access for children. He was able to collect twenty laptops from the Orange site, to give them to a school which needed them.

These days, in northern Virginia, everyone owns a computer or another device for accessing the internet. At least that’s what most people think, including Eddie Pinaud, an Orange employee at Oak Hill in the state of Virginia, who sees his daughter doing her homework on the internet every day, from the comfort of their home.
As an active member of the parent teacher association at Ashburn Discovery Elementary School, Eddie learned that some students were denied this opportunity, as they didn’t have the equipment to access the online tools provided by the elementary school.

Eddie was aware that Orange was had laptops which were no longer used by employees. He quickly set to work, first contacting the science and technology teacher at the school to identify what was needed. Then he appealed to to his Orange colleagues for help. Jeff Hammond was one of these colleagues. Despite his busy schedule, he took the time to repair the laptops and oversaw their re-intialization so that they could be restored to good working condition.

But that’s not all. Eddie also co-ordinated with the legal and financial services to ensure that all the procedures involved in the donation were followed correctly. "It took some time", says Eddie, but everyone was only too happy to contribute and did everything they could to keep the process moving.

Oak Hill Eddie Pinaud foundation Orange education digital
Eddie Pinault, left, with some of the computers.

On 12 April, Patricia Smith, the science and technology teacher at Discovery Elementary School headed to the Oak Hill site with a big smile on her face to pick up 20 laptops and 30 laptop cases.
"I did it to help the children, and give them access to a tool which, today, is pretty much a must-have for doing well at school. Every day, 2nd and 3rd grade students, like my daughter, do their homework online.” explains Eddie.

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