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Final Count For Year: 94!!!

posted Jun 28, 2019, 6:05 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jun 28, 2019, 6:05 PM ]

While the school year ended June 7, the clock still kept going for the Asian Penguins, as they aligned their activities to their school's fiscal year, which ends June 30.

During this last week, some of the Asian Penguins who were in summer school contributed to the work of the club by sorting through electronic gear for recycling, as well as doing installs on some more computers. As luck would have it, some of the kids who needed computers were also in summer school and could take the computers home.

The final count for the year? 94 computers given away. This is the biggest year in the Asian Penguins history!

Congratulations to the kids and enjoy your summer!

Changing the other side of the world

posted Jun 20, 2019, 6:41 AM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 6:44 AM ]

The beginning of summer vacation can mean a lot of things, but one thing for sure is the annual CSE Global Connections trip. Each year, eighth grade students are selected to go on the study trip to Thailand to learn about Southeast Asia up close. Since 2014, the Asian Penguins have provided laptop computers for the Global Connections team to take with them. Why? Among the places the team will visit will be local schools where Hmong children get their education. These schools are often poor and lack resources. The Asian Penguins made it a part of our mission to help these schools by providing them with needed technology.

Here is a picture of one of the schools that received computers this year:

Changing the other side of the world.

CSE Finalist for 2019 SETDA Student Voices Award

posted Jun 12, 2019, 5:04 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jun 15, 2019, 10:57 AM ]

The Asian Penguins are not strangers to recognition for their work in using Linux and open source software to try to change the world. Along the way, they have even won few awards along the way. This week, they became finalists for another one.

Community School of Excellence, through the Asian Penguins, have been selected as one of five finalists for 2019 The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Student Voices Award. According to SETDA's website:

"SETDA’s Student Voices Award honors an outstanding K-12 school or district that has leveraged technology to dramatically improve the educational experiences and achievement of their students. Winners receive the Elsie Brumback “From Honored Founder to Future Citizen” Scholarship, which allows the winner to bring a team of students and educators to present at the annual SETDA Leadership Summit and tour Washington DC."

Here's a link to read about all of the finalists: 2019 SETDA Student Voices Finalists

The winner will be announced June 22, 2019. Best of luck, Penguins!

2019 Twin Cities Drupal Camp

posted Jun 9, 2019, 6:59 PM by Asian Penguins

While speaking at conferences and public events is not new to the Asian Penguins, every once in a while an event comes along that puts a twist on the idea. Such was the invitation to speak at the 2019 Twin Cities Drupal Camp. Drupal is an open source content management system for websites, and has a sizable user base in the Twin Cities.

Since the Asian Penguins also use open source software, the conference organizers reached out to us to be the keynote speakers at this year's event. Doing the keynote is a new thing for us, but it was an honor we gratefully accepted. Our presentation was Friday, June 7, and we got to tell our story of using Linux to change our school to a packed room at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus.

Thanks for having us, Drupal Camp! Here's a few photos:

Mr. Stu Keroff does the introduction and history of the Asian Penguins.

Club Treasurer Meh Reh talks about the activities of the club.

Club President Thomas discusses the impact the Penguins have had on the school and the community.

Meh Reh (yes, we have two of them) turns up the persuasion to explain why a school should have a Linux club.

Former club Secretary Nari educates on how to start a Linux club.

This was probably our best conference yet. Well done, team!

The Final Week

posted Jun 9, 2019, 6:47 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jun 9, 2019, 6:48 PM ]

During the last week of the year, the Asian Penguins used every opportunity they had to try to do what they do best: get computers ready to give away and then send them out the door. Kids were coming to the "Penguin Room" whenever they could to contribute to the work, and many Penguins were helping to track down students that still needed computers so they could come and sign up to get one.

The end result: the Asian Penguins set a new record this year in giving away 83 computers! The biggest year in the club's history.

Well done, Penguins. You did a world of good.

End of Year Party

posted Jun 9, 2019, 6:38 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jun 9, 2019, 6:39 PM ]

You know what they say about "all work and no play", right? The Asian Penguins had their end of year party on Tuesday, June 7. The whole gang was there, along with leadership of the school who stopped in to say hi and thank the kids for a great year. Here's some photos:




Asian Penguins at Hmong National Development Conference

posted Jun 9, 2019, 6:00 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Jun 9, 2019, 6:01 PM ]

The Hmong National Development Conference is a bi-annual conference gathering together Hmong business people, professionals, and leaders from all over the country. Just as in 2015 and 2017, they Asian Penguins were selected to lead a workshop for the gathered attendees at the 2019 conference, this one in San Jose, California.

The team chosen to represent the Penguins were Nari (grade 8), Hsa (grade 7), Meh Reh (grade 7), and Haylie (grade 6), along with Mr. Stu Keroff. The title of our talk was "Changing The World, One Computer at a Time". This was not the first time a Penguins team has traveled out of state (that was the 2017 team in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), but it was the first time the Asian Penguins had to fly anywhere for anything!

Here are a few photos from the trip:

Hsa, Meh Reh, Haylie, and Nari in California. Check out those palm trees!

Mr. Stu Keroff and the team with Tou Ger Xiong, who was an MC at the event.

Stu Keroff doing the introduction and history of the Asian Penguins.

Hsa talks about the activities of the Asian Penguins.

Haylie discusses the impact the Asian Penguins have had on students and the community.

Meh Reh uses his power of persuasion to explain why people should start Linux clubs in schools.

Nari educates the attendees on how to get started in leading a Linux club.

The celebration banquet. And yes, kids, that is a lot of forks!

Computer #50

posted Mar 13, 2019, 5:27 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 5:28 PM ]

Asian Penguins computer #50 went out the door today. Here's something new: this CSE family from Republic of Congo doesn't speak Hmong, Karenni, or Karen. They speak French! Big thanks to Ms. Johnson for translating! Here's a few photos:

Asian Penguins Computer #49

posted Mar 8, 2019, 2:07 PM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 2:07 PM ]

Today, a team from the Asian Penguins delivered computer #49 to the home of an elementary Hmong student. The team, consisting of Nari (leader), Haylie (assistant/photographer), Teng (interpreter), and Choj (videographer), took the short journey to the home and got things up and running quickly. This was the first mission for everyone except Nari, who is in her third year of the program. Also noteworthy is that two of the members of this team (Nari and Haylie) will also be speakers at the Hmong National Development Conference in San Jose, CA in April.

Here are a few photos:

The team: Teng, Nari, Choj, and Haylie
(Mr. Keroff at the end stayed behind, but someone told him to stand in the photo!)

On the way.

Going over the software at the house.

Great job, team!

Asian Penguins Director Nominated for HNDC Impact Award

posted Mar 5, 2019, 11:33 AM by Asian Penguins   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 11:26 AM ]

Asian Penguins Director Stu Keroff has been nominated for the 2019 HNDC Impact Award. This nomination is in recognition for his work in closing the Digital Divide in Saint Paul's Hmong/Southeast Asian community. The of the 10 people nominated for the award, five will be declared winners and will receive their awards at the Hmong National Development Conference in San Jose, CA on April 20, 2019.

Voting for the award starts March 5 and goes through March 11, with the winners being announced March 13. To place your vote, go to:

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