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[vox] Fwd: Partimus fundraiser, Dec. 15th in SF
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[vox] Fwd: Partimus fundraiser, Dec. 15th in SF



Someone posted a summary of a recent SF-LUG meeting on SF-LUG's list,
and Christien Einfeldt followed it up with some details of
the Partimus project.  Interested in Linux in K-12 schools?  See below!

More at: http://partimus.org/fundraising_event_2010.php

-bill!

----- Forwarded message from Christian Einfeldt -----

Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:30:52 -0800
From: Christian Einfeldt
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] Meeting Monday evening 15 November

   hi, 

   Bobbie, thanks for mentioning the Partimus.org fundraiser !
   On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:15 AM, jim <jim@systemateka.com> wrote:

       Christian's December 15 event is a fund-raiser
     for the Partimus effort to get Linux into more
     schools. I hope he posts details.

   Thanks for asking, Jim.  I did post this summary on 11/5/10:
   http://linuxmafia.com/pipermail/sf-lug/2010q4/008184.html

 A number of volunteers have been working very hard for free for 6.5 years
 now in various public schools around the Bay Area to place GNU-Linux
 machines in public schools.  We have established a good foundation, and we
 now want to build on that foundation.  The teachers appreciate Linux, are
 not afraid of it, and use it heavily for a wide variety of functions,
 including some mission-critical functions such as reporting grades and so
 forth, at least in some schools.  In some of the schools, Linux is the only
 platform to which the kids have access for reaching the Internet.

 All of this is a marvelous accomplishment, and we want to extend that
 achievement. But to do so, we are going to need to bring in funds.  We have
 been running entirely on volunteer fumes.  If we are going to expand, we
 will need to establish a financial foundation to build on the foundation of
 goodwill we have achieved and technical prowess that we have demonstrated.


 Toward that end, we are holding an initial fundraiser to build a fundraising
 committee on December 15, 2010, at 5 pm at 1601 Turk Street, at the Creative
 Arts Charter School, in the Board Room.  The purpose of this meeting is to
 create a group of dedicated volunteers who will focus on fundraising for our
 Linux-schools efforts.  We will be providing modest refreshments, and we
 will be asking for a suggested donation of $25.00 at the time of the
 12/15/10 meeting to kick off our fundraising drive.

 Free open source software has created a lot of jobs and wealth, and now is a
 great time for us to expand our efforts to bring the considerable benefits
 of free software to those who really need it most, namely, public schools
 whose budgets have been mercilessly slashed for more than a decade.
  Supporting education fits very well with the FOSS culture of expanding
 knowledge, transparency, and democracy.  Attending this fundraiser would be
 a great way for the members of this list to make a commitment to supporting
 our proven and very successful efforts to get FOSS ideals into the broader
 society.

 We will not be asking for too much of your time.  We will only be asking you
 to share your contacts will us, and help us do outreach to get your friends
 and neighbors to make small but meaningful financial contributions to our
 efforts.

 One of the specific goals of the 12/15/10 fundraiser will be to prepare for
 a larger fundraiser to be held in the spring at the Creative Arts Charter
 School.  That fundraiser will be a large installfest and FOSS festival.  We
 are planning to have booths for Bay Area FOSS-related groups, such as local
 LUGs and local FOSS-related businesses, both large and small.  We will have
 barbeques and games for kids.  It will be a fun, family-oriented event that
 will have the dual purpose of raising money and soliciting hardware
 donations, which will be triaged on the spot and we will install GNU-Linux
 on machines that are brought in, so that we can turn those machine right
 around and install them in the 6 Bay Area Schools where we have a FOSS
 presence.

 Also for the 12/15/10 event, we are asking people to bring working laptops,
 printers, monitors, keyboards, and optical mice towers to donate.  Our
 minimum spec for donation is 512 MB of RAM and at least 1.8 Ghz chips or the
 AMD equivalent.

----- End forwarded message -----

-- 
-bill!
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