Laptops will be distributed through the student's schools during the following date ranges for the 2016-17 school year. ​To inquire as to the status of an application, please email:

October 5-7

December 7-9

March 8-10

May 31-June 2

An excerpt from a news article:

Laptops2Kids gives students laptops and life skills (11/30/16)

... Since Laptops2Kids started two years ago, the district has distributed more than 1,100 laptops to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch or meet federal poverty guidelines. The laptops, previously used by teachers or as classroom computers, would land in district surplus without the program. 

Foss High School students clear the computer hard drive to remove teacher information, thoroughly clean the machines, replace defunct keyboards and prepare the computers for a new operating system, purchased by the Foundation for Tacoma Students. 

Tacoma students can apply for a laptop by submitting an application form on the website You can access the website from any computer, including computer kiosks in school offices. 

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​Ever wonder what happens to old TPS computers?

Normally, when older computers are replaced by newer ones, the old equipment is sent to surplus. Instead, here's what happens now through the Latops2Kids program:

  • Students in Career and Technical Education classes at Tacoma high schools refurbish and repair the equipment.
  • These machines get new Windows 7 operating systems, purchased by the Foundation for Tacoma Students, along with some other software.
  • This refurbished equipment is then ready to be granted to students enrolled in our district.

I want one! Do I qualify?

There is an application for interested students. Students must be currently enrolled in Tacoma Public Schools, and qualify for free/reduced lunch or meet the federal poverty guidelines and must not have previously received a laptop. 

Submit our electronic application. No printing or mailing needed!

Che​​ck out the FAQ
for more information
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Contact: Sherri Desseau at

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