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Greenup County Schools in Kentucky Launch Unique Program to Help Students, Local Families

Bowling Green, KY. (January 28, 2011) - Computer recipient Mary Alfrey learns more about her new machine from Greenup County Schools Chief Information Officer Tony Carr. Greenup County High School students are refurbishing older computers from the school system, which will be donated to deserving families.

Greenup County students are getting a unique chance to give back to their community while learning valuable IT job skills. On Tuesday, January 25,
ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids program announced that 150 refurbished computers will be donated to Greenup County families as part of a computer refurbishing program underway at Greenup County High School.

The Greenup County program is unique. The Greenup County Public School system will take older computers from throughout the school system and upgrade them through a computer refurbishment program for teens at Greenup County High School.

High school students will be trained on how to refurbish the computers, which otherwise would have been headed to a local landfill. The students, who are seeking A+ certification in information technology, will reformat the hard drives, install new memory, and make other upgrades to the machines.

The computers will then be distributed to disadvantaged families as identified through the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers in Greenup County. Along with the computers, recipients will receive a printer donated by Lexmark International.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we profile students from the classes and talk with families receiving their “new” computers.

Related Links:

In the News: Rebuilding Computers for Others Without One (WSAZ-TV, 01/25/11)
Press Release: ConnectKentucky’s Computers 4 Kids Program Facilitates Computer Refurbishment, Donation in Greenup County