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James City County donates computers to students


Date: November 19, 2004


Contact: Ruth Richey, Communications Specialist


Phone: (757) 253-6864




A total of 34 James City County students will now be able use their own computers at home to do schoolwork, thanks to Computers for Kids, a partnership between James City County, the Williamsburg/James City County (W/JCC) Public Schools and Computer Recycling of Virginia, Inc.


The students will receive the refurbished computer systems, including a modem and software, at training sessions November 23 at Lafayette High School. Computers for Kids offers computer training and a personal computer to help low and moderate income youth improve academic performance, learn software applications, and acquire vocational skills.


"James City County and the Department of Community Services are proud to be a partner in this important effort. Along with Computer Recycling and our public schools, we provide a bridge across the technological divide for some of our young people," said James City Community Services Manager Tony Conyers. "Access to computers and the Internet are increasingly critical to success in our knowledge-based society."


Basic training on how to set up the computers will be provided by Chris Parkhurst, executive director of Computer Recycling of Virginia, Inc.


James City County has declared the computer equipment surplus as employee workstations are upgraded to meet the demands of new technology. Computer Recycling of Virginia, Inc. provides technical support, hardware for upgrades, software licensing and refurbishment. W/JCC Public Schools and Community Services identify students eligible for a computer. Many of the students participated in the public schools' Summer Training and Academic Remediation and Enrichment (STARE) program.


James City County has donated more than 200 PCs to Computers for Kids since the partnership was started in 2001. Computer Recycling,, is 501-3, non-profit firm based in Tappahannock.



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