GSA’s Back to School Support Helps Communities Recover from Superstorm Sandy

Communities in the the Northeastern United States are still recovering from last year’s devastating Superstorm Sandy. GSA is supporting area governments and schools while making  a more sustainable government. Through continued efforts under the federal government’s Computers for Learning Program, the agency is helping schools still dealing with the aftermath of last October’s superstorm.

GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region is providing computers to schools affected by superstorm Sandy.

With the beginning of the new school year, our Personal Property Management Division in the agency’s Northeast and Caribbean Region is leading an effort to help schools in areas severely impacted by the storm obtain used computer equipment no longer needed by federal agencies.

Currently 11 storm-ravaged schools in the New York City to Virginia coastal areas, as well as one in nearby Pennsylvania, have either already received or will soon receive a total of 277 laptops, 143 monitors, 92 printers, 54 docking stations and seven scanners. The equipment is valued at more than $525,000, and we are planning additional donations.  Excess computer equipment has so far been provided from GSA’s Northeast & Caribbean Region, New England Region, its National Capital Region in the Washington, D.C. area, and even GSA’s Northwest Arctic Region headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

To help identify needy schools under this initiative, the program’s online registration now provides a place for schools to indicate if they are in storm-damaged areas. Our team further checks and verifies each one. There are nearly 70 schools from Massachusetts through Virginia that have registered and reported that they have been impacted by the storm.

The Computers For Learning Program allows federal agencies to donate surplus computers and related equipment to schools and qualifying nonprofit educational organizations. Established under Executive Order 12999, the program helps make computer technology an integral part of every classroom.

While federal agencies can donate equipment directly to schools, GSA helps facilitate the process by sponsoring the Computers for Learning website (www.computersforlearning.gov).  Schools and eligible organizations are able to register at the site and can browse through available equipment that is posted there. Schools located in areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy can currently include that information in their registration for the program.

Since it was established the Computers for Learning Program has provided tens of thousands of excess computer equipment to thousands of eligible schools and organizations across the United States.  In addition to supporting innovation and technology in education, the program also helps support sustainability initiatives by helping to reuse equipment and reduce electronic waste.

The U.S. General Services Administration is proud to sponsor the CFL program. Interested schools and educational non-profit organizations are encouraged to find more information on this program at: www.computersforlearning.gov.

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