July 11, 2005

IDAHO PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE SENATE COMPUTERS

Kamiah, Orofino, Avery, Bonners Ferry, and Lake Pend O'Rielle students benefit from "Computers for Schools" program

Washington, DC - Five Idaho schools will have twenty-five U.S. Senate computers for the coming school year, courtesy of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and the Senate "Computers for Schools" program. The program helps public schools take advantage of current technology by channeling excess federal computer equipment to public schools. "Technology training and computer skills are a vital part of our education system," Crapo said. "In a rapidly changing job sector, these skills are increasingly necessary to thrive in our economy. Placing these computers in Idaho schools gives students access to a vital tool, and better prepares them to compete and contribute to a complex job market." The following schools, selected based on need using Title 1 criteria, will each receive five computers: Kamiah High School Orofino Elementary School Avery Elementary-Junior High School Lake Pend Oreille School District Bonners Ferry High School Avery Technology Director Dale Johnson said, "Our students and teachers need these computers to learn skills, for Internet research, as well as for learning in math, reading, science and social studies. Technology tools in their hands have a huge impact on the quality of learning and teaching that takes place in our schools, and we are very appreciative of this kind donation." Orofino Schools Superintendent Al Arzen said, "Our school greatly appreciates these computers and thanks Senator Crapo for all his hard work in securing these for our students and teachers." The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 1997 authorized the Senate to participate in the program, which allows the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms (SAA) to transfer educationally useful surplus equipment to public schools. The computers, which the Senate no longer uses due to routine equipment upgrades, remain in excellent condition and are ideal for use in public schools. The SAA notifies Senators on a seniority basis of eligibility and provides a list of public schools in each state who have registered and can participate in the program. The SAA, in conjunction with UPS, ships the computers to the selected schools. The schools that were allocated computers this year will receive them before school begins this fall. Schools interested in participating in the program may register on the General Services Administration website at: http://www.computers.fed.gov.