Jim Bond uses email to communicate with his children and grandchildren in Colorado. "I can send pictures of what's going on around the house," Bond said.
He was getting a little help from Center for Technology Essex student Scott Edwards. "I'm trying to put a little finesse into my computer knowledge," Bond said.
Bond and Scott were working together as part of CTE's 18th annual Free Service Days, which offers local seniors help with tasks that make their lives a little easier, like learning about the Internet, computers, Ipods and their cell phones.
Down the hall in Matt Cronin's computer animation and web design class, students were helping their visitors bring cherished old photos back to life by restoring the images. "Trying not to mess around with any of the actual forms but rather covering up any blemishes or fingerprints, said 11th grader Vlad Suvorov, as he retouched Pat Goyne's Halloween photo. "So that's actually bringing out the color when it does that," Goyne said.
At day one of Free Service Day THursday, seventy local seniors showed up to get help and learn new things. But the learning goes both ways. "I actually learned that if you don't save your drafts, it just automatically disappears and you cannot get them back," said Scott Edwards, an 11th grader.
Free Service Day also offered cosmetology and other services, as well as lunch for their senior guests. Part of the Computer Systems Technology class is devoted to the history of the computer and how they work. Their teacher, says students need to appreciate the past in order to understand where we are today.