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$70K in Equipment for Chickasaw Schools
MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) The U.S. General Services Administration unveiled its donation of laptops, printers, and monitors to Chickasaw City Schools Thursday afternoon.
It is part of its Computers for Learning Program. The goal is to boost the student to computer ratio. The equipment is worth thousands which means so much to a new school system that is only two years old.
"We're off to a great start this school year," said Chickasaw City Schools Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff.
Sixty gently used laptops, 20 printers, and 14 monitors will be placed in classrooms thanks to the GSA.
"It means an awful lot because last year we didn't has as many computers and printers had to share it," said Student President Ceceley Bradley.
The generous gift was made possible through GSAs Computers for Learning Program.
GSA Spokesperson Saudia Muwwakkil said, "Through the Computers for Learning Program essentially, we provide excess computer equipment and make them available to schools and nonprofit organizations that serve educational purposes around the country."
The estimated $70,000 donation means a lot to school system that is just two years old.
"We are in our second year. Our first year was extremely challenging," said Kallhoff. "GSA with this donation helps us out with technology. Things are moving real well and real quickly in Chickasaw."
Currently there is about one computer for every six students.
"The experience before was very grueling and intense because I mean we had to be off the computers by a certain time to let our fellow classmates do their reports, assignments and essays," said student Jakeil Woods.
School officials hope to change that by 2015. Their goal is to have a computer to student ratio of one to three.
The program is open to all public, private, and parochial schools. For more information CLICK HERE.