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BFUHS receives donation of surplus U.S. Senate computers

Originally published in The Commons issue #445 (Wednesday, February 7, 2018). This story appeared on page B2.


WESTMINSTER—U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has arranged for a shipment of 25 surplus computers to five Vermont Schools through the U.S. Senate’s Computers for Schools programs.

Overseen by the Senate’s Sergeant At Arms, the program was established to offer surplus computers to classrooms across the country.

Leahy worked with Vermont Agency of Education officials to identify Vermont schools with the highest needs for computers. They jointly identified five schools, including Bellows Falls Union High School, which have now received five computers each.

Milton High School and elementary schools in Clarendon, Orwell, and Hardwick were the other recipients of the surplus computers.

“Computers are essential learning and teaching tools in modern classrooms,” Leahy said in a news release. “For years, I have enjoyed having online chats with Vermont students, and computers are increasingly used for lessons, assignments, research, and homework. I’m proud to have helped find a new life and purpose for these surplus computers in Vermont schools.”

Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe thanked Leahy for the donation. “New computers are needed more than ever as we continue to move toward creating a 21st-century learning experience in our schools,” she said in a news release. “Sen. Leahy’s donation shows his commitment to making sure our students are prepared for college or a career.”

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