ApSeed is now a contracted customer with Rowan Vocational Opportunities, a local nonprofit agency that helps train people with disabilities in life and occupational skills.Read More
Former Gov. Jim Hunt is 80 years old, but you might say he has a young heart — or at least a heart for the very young.Read More
SALISBURY — Local education non-profit ApSeed is turning heads. In addition to a recent partnership with the Davie County-based Mebane Foundation, ApSeed hosted former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt Friday morning.Read More
SALISBURY - After nearly two years and a name change, ApSeed (formerly Appleseed) has its e-reader distribution down to a science. But the 1,000 e-readers in the latest shipment have a few new bells and whistles.Read More
“ApSeed,” formerly AppleSeed, underwent a name change in recent months because of copyright concerns with Apple Inc. The local organization began in early 2016 and combats low reading scores among at-risk youth to age 4 by providing them with e-readers.
“We’re now calling the device a seedling, to help children grow in their language development. So we’re rebranding a little bit,” ApSeed founder Greg Alcorn said.Read More
While Appleseed collects data in the hopes of a countywide launch to all eligible households, founder Greg Alcorn, who also serves on the N.C. Board of Education, said the organization has been seizing other opportunities, as well.
Appleseed was recently approached by both Partners in Learning, an inclusive child-care facility in Salisbury, and by the city about providing e-readers to children.Read More
After a successful trial run involving 60 specially outfitted Kindles last year, Alcorn and crew recently distributed more than 500 Kindles to preschoolers in local Head Start programs. The electronic devices are loaded with programs targeting early literacy skills. The Kindles cannot be used to go on the internet or load other games. They are strictly for Appleseed, and they have nearly indestructible covers.Read More
Over the past week, Appleseed workers have said they’ve heard numerous parents commenting that “now they’ll get their phone back” and that they won’t have to worry about their children hopping onto YouTube or stumbling onto sites they shouldn’t see.Read More
On Wednesday, a small and dedicated group of volunteers met on the top floor of the Wallace Educational Forum. While the school system was out for winter break and its offices vacated, Alcorn and his team had use of a training room to unpack, check and load 600 e-readers.Read More
After a successful first launch, Appleseed is expanding. Alcorn announced this week that the organization has ordered more than 600 readers — one for every child in every Head Start program in the county.Read More
Last week, Appleseed handed out 55 Kindle Fire tablet computers to parents of students attending Rowan County Head Start who were identified as at-risk or socioeconomically disadvantaged.Read More