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U of L joins effort to bring surplus computers to Kentucky children

August 10th, 2006

The University of Louisville is joining a statewide program to bring computers to the homes of Kentucky middle schoolers.

U of L has agreed to donate its surplus computers to ConnectKentucky’s No Child Left Offline project, an effort to place refurbished computers in the homes of children who have little access to technology. U of L, the first university to take part, will donate 50 units this month and will continue providing computers on a regular basis.

“We are committed to using our resources to address the critical needs of Kentucky citizens,” said President James Ramsey. “We know how important it is to help every student succeed. By giving students computers they can use at home, we can help them do better in school.”

No Child Left Offline is part of Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s “Prescription for Innovation” initiative to improve technology accessibility in Kentucky. Through the program, The Kentucky Department of Education, Commonwealth Office of Technology, Office of Surplus Properties and ConnectKentucky will refurbish and recycle surplus computers and give them to underprivileged Kentucky eighth graders who now lack home computers.

“As we upgrade computers at U of L, we will send the ones we’re replacing to ConnectKentucky,” said Tom Sawyer, the university’s acting vice president of information technology. “We have the potential to place hundreds of computers a year into Kentucky homes.”

Kentucky ranks in the top five states for computer usage at school, but only 45th for computer usage at home, according to the ConnectKentucky web site.

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