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Local Schools Impacted by Super Storm Sandy Receive Excess Federal Computers

News Release
Northeast and Caribbean Region


May 6, 2013

Local Schools Impacted by Super Storm Sandy Receive Excess Federal Computers

Program Provides Surplus Government Computers to Schools & Educational Nonprofits

 

New York City – Under a special initiative to help local area schools impacted by Super Storm Sandy, the U.S. General Services Administration has donated excess federal computer equipment valued at more than $140,000 to five New York City schools that incurred damage from the storm.  This initiative, spearheaded by GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region, is an outgrowth of the agency’s Computers For Learning Program that allows government agencies to donate no longer needed computers and equipment to schools and some educational nonprofit organizations.  GSA anticipates that this will be the first of a number of donations to impacted schools in this regional area.

“These are just a few of the many schools in our local area that suffered losses as a result of Super Storm Sandy.  It gives us great pleasure to be able to help these schools through this program. In this era of ever decreasing budgets, the Computers for Learning Program is one way schools and other qualifying organizations can obtain equipment without having to expend precious resources," said GSA Regional Administrator Denise L. Pease.  "I am very proud of GSA's role in supporting this program, especially this initiative to help Sandy impacted schools. We have been making an extra effort to get the word out to schools in our regional area so that they may take advantage of it."

“Six months after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, our school communities remain in an active process of recovery,” said New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “This generous gift will go a long way toward helping some of our most deeply impacted schools get back on track. I thank GSA Regional Administrator Pease and her staff for donating these computers, which will benefit thousands of students.”

Because federal agencies periodically refresh their computer equipment, gently used laptops that are no longer needed by the government have been provided to the following schools:   William E. Grady Vocational High School of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn received 30 laptops;  P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School of Coney Island, Brooklyn received 40 laptops; P.S. 771 of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn received 20 laptops; and P.S./I.S. 25 South Richmond High School of Staten Island and South Brooklyn Community High School of Red Hook Brooklyn each received five laptops.  

The Computers for Learning Program is one of several federal initiatives that help to support President Barack Obama's commitment to education by allowing government agencies to donate surplus computers and related equipment to schools and qualifying nonprofit educational organizations.  The program, established by former President Bill Clinton under Executive Order 12999, helps make computer technology an integral part of every classroom and encourages the use of innovative educational software.

While federal agencies are able to donate the equipment directly to schools, GSA helps facilitate the process by sponsoring the Computers for Learning website (www.computersforlearning.gov).  Schools and eligible organizations are able to register at the site and can then browse through the available equipment that is posted there.  Schools located in areas impacted by Super Storm Sandy can currently include that information in their registration for the program.

Since it was established the Computers for Learning Program has provided tens of thousands of excess computer equipment to thousands of eligible schools and organizations across the United States.  In addition to supporting innovation and technology in education, the program also helps support sustainability initiatives by helping to reuse equipment and reduce electronic waste.  By some estimates, reusing just one computer prevents 30 lbs of hazardous waste and 77 lbs of solid waste from entering landfills, and prevents over 17 gallons of water and 32 tons of air from being polluted.

The U.S. General Services Administration is proud to sponsor the CFL program and interested schools and educational non-profits organizations are encouraged to find more information on this program at: www.computersforlearning.gov.

 

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CONTACTS

Renee Miscione
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