Computers For Kids Wins 2007 National Achievement Award
Date: September 5, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation Communications Coordinator
Phone: (757) 259-5415
Fax: (757) 259-5420
Contact: Vicki Sprigg James City County Parks & Recreation Human Services Coordinator
(w) (757) 259-5403
James City County’s Computer for Kids Program, which offers qualifying students a personal computer to assist with academic needs, has won a 2007 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Administered by Parks and Recreation’s Youth Services, Computers For Kids was recognized for its creative and innovative program development and implementation, efficient administrative management of County agencies and responsible government to local citizens. The program provides qualifying youth – at a no charge – with a a refurbished computer or laptop for homework and neighborhood and faith based tutorial programs. This public/private partnership between James City County and Computer Recycling of Virginia, Inc. has resulted in the recycling of 355 refurbished computers and laptops during the seven years the program has been in existence. In addition, computer recycling diverts electronic waste from our landfills and waterways.
Since the Award program’s inception, NACo has honored hundreds of county government initiatives that have generated professional well trained workforces, maintained cost effective measures or enhanced services to diverse populations to improve the overall quality of life. In addition, the award winning programs have provided NACo and its members with an extensive database of successful model county programs.
Awards are given in more than 20 categories, ranging from arts and historic preservation to volunteerism. All counties and state associations of counties were eligible to apply. This year’s winners represented 27 states and 97 counties.
Jacqueline Byers, Director of Research, said, “As the years go by it seems that it would become harder for counties to develop new and innovative programs. This year's achievement award applications prove that the opposite is true. This year, more than in the recent past, we have seen many outstanding programs that target county residents and programs that improve their lives. From programs that enhance customer service, to programs that better their quality of life and programs that target special populations, counties continue to work to provide the best. Congratulations to all of this year's winners!”
The NACo Awards ceremony was held during the annual conference this summer in Richmond.