CAMDEN, NJ — Laptops, tablets, and other technologies totaling more than $1 million were distributed to students at Woodrow Wilson High School on Wednesday as part of the Computers for Learning program.
An effort of the U.S. General Services Administration, the CFL program allows federal agencies to transfer excess computers and related equipment directly to schools and educational nonprofits in support of pre-K through 12th-grade students.
"The Computers for Learning program is a benefit to the federal government as well as the students who will directly benefit from use of this technology,” said John Sarcone III, regional administrator for the GSA Northeast and Caribbean Region. “GSA is pleased to be able to donate these laptops and related equipment to communities right here in our region as they seek to improve educational opportunities for their students.”
The goal of the program is to connect every student with the newest technology to provide the highest possible standard of education across the board. Many school districts are at a disadvantage financially in trying to obtain computers for their classrooms.
While payment is not required for the excess equipment itself, schools and organizations are responsible for the packing, shipping, and refurbishment costs.
Woodrow Wilson High avoided these charges, thanks to the efforts of Thomas Levy, a special education teacher. After first inquiring about the program, Levy drove to different sites to haul the laptops and other equipment back to the school.
The program is also good for the environment, as it helps to reduce electronic waste in landfills. Donating or recycling consumer electronics conserves natural resources and minimizes air and water pollution. Additionally, this cuts back on greenhouse gas emissions that result from the manufacturing of new materials.
“GSA is proud to administer the CFL program,” Sarcone said. “Our hope is, through events like these, other schools will become aware of the program, and apply to participate. I encourage interested schools and educational nonprofit organizations to reach out to us for more information.”
The GSA Northeast and Caribbean Region, a branch of the independent agency of the U.S. government, provides products and services to agencies in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.