GSA Makes Computer Donation to Alabama's Chickasaw City Schools
Southeast Sunbelt Region
September 26, 2013
GSA Makes $71,000 Computer Donation to Alabama's Chickasaw City Schools
U.S. General Services Administration
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today donated computer equipment with an original procurement value of nearly $71,000 to Chickasaw City Schools in Alabama’s Mobile County. Chickasaw City Schools will use the 60 gently used laptop computers, 20 printers and 14 monitors acquired through GSA’s Computers for Learning program to boost the system’s student-to-computer ratio, which is currently at one computer to every six students.
GSA presented the equipment to Chickasaw City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff during a special unveiling ceremony at Chickasaw High School attended by school faculty and students, School Board officials and Chickasaw Mayor Byron Pittman.
“Providing children access to quality education is a national imperative,” said Sara Manzano-Diaz, Acting Regional Administrator for GSA’s Southeast Sunbelt Region. “GSA’s Computers for Learning program helps pivot children across the country toward success in the 21st Century by equipping them with the tools they will need to contribute and achieve. GSA is honored to make this opportunity available to Chickasaw City Schools’ students, while also maximizing taxpayer investments in government and our nation’s future.”
“In the Chickasaw City School System, one of our Five Year Strategic Plan objectives is to have one computer for every three students by May of 2015,” Kallhoff said. “With an increasing student enrollment and a shrinking education budget, this technology goal is quite ambitious. With the help of agencies, such as GSA, we are much closer to putting the needed technology in the hands of our students.”
In the past year, GSA has transferred excess federal technology equipment valued at $624,000 (initial procurement value) to Alabama schools and educational nonprofits through the Computers for Learning program. Nationally, the donation value over the same period reaches roughly $74 million.
Today’s event is part of a broader GSA initiative to inform schools and educational nonprofits in Alabama and across the Southeast about the Computers for Learning program. Schools participating in the program can browse the available equipment by visiting computersforlearning.gov, select what they need, and choose needed items. Area schools will then be able to integrate technology into the classroom and ensure that more children learn the skills that they will need to compete in the 21st Century.
The Computers for Learning program also helps GSA promote sustainability by reducing landfill disposal of electronic waste. By some estimates, re-using just one computer prevents 30 pounds of hazardous waste and 77 pounds 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 Computers for Learning. Interested schools and educational non-profit organizations are encouraged to find more information on this program at: www.computersforlearning.gov.
Note (*) Original Procurement Value