A $25,000 computer lab to teach kindergarten and first-grade pupils reading and writing has been installed at Mark Twain Elementary School in the Lynwood Unified School District.
The computer-assisted program, called "Writing to Read," uses IBM computers and was made available through the Riordan Foundation of Los Angeles and City Bank of Los Angeles. The bank provided the funds for the lab and the Riordan Foundation trained the teachers.
The lab, which has 12 computers and will serve more than 200 during the school year, officially opened last week.
The foundation has contributed millions of dollars to inner-city schools throughout the nation for computer programs to teach elementary pupils reading and writing.
It has contributed more than $150,000 in computer equipment to the Lynwood school district during the last two years.