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WELCH (WVVA) - Starting this week, McDowell County middle school students will receive a free laptop of their own, bringing them a step closer of connecting to the World Wide Web.

On Monday evening, nearly 900 laptops were distributed to students from across the county at Mount View Middle School.

The giveaway is part of ‘Reconnecting McDowell,' an effort to improve opportunities for students in the county.

Shentel Communications invested $10 million in upgrades throughout the county as part of the effort.

School officials say this is not just for the educational purposes, but for the community as a whole.

Superintendent Nelson Spencer says this is the start of turning the attention to keeping up with the latest technology.

"Our students are priceless, they are actually what we're here for, so we are more than happy to take the resources that these partnerships have created and put them to good efforts to educate our students," Spencer said.

Earl Gohl of the Appalachian Regional Commission says this was the largest amount of refurbished laptops his group has given out at one time.

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