November 10, 2009

Udall Directs 25 Computers to NM Elementary Schools

Public Schools Will Benefit from Senate Computers for Schools Program

WASHINGTON – The office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that 25 computers will be donated between five New Mexico elementary schools through the Senate’s Computers for Schools program. The computers are being directed to schools struggling to keep their computer labs and classrooms up to date with evolving technology.

“We need to make sure New Mexico’s students are learning how to use computers at an early age and many of our public schools simply don’t have the resources to keep up with ever-changing technology,” Udall said. ”I am glad to have the opportunity to help put these computers in the reach of New Mexico school children who need them.”

Each school selected to receive five computers was chosen by Udall based on need and lack of resources. The schools will put the donated computers to work in individual classrooms or to help update an existing and outdated computer lab.

The schools receiving five computers each are:

Peñasco Elementary
13 School Road
Peñasco, NM 87553

Emerson Elementary
620 Georgia St. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Kit Carson Elementary
1921 Byron Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105

Chaparral Elementary
300 East Lisa Drive
Chaparral, NM 88021

Hatch Valley Elementary
801 East Herrera
Hatch, NM 87937

The Senate’s Computer for Schools program was established to direct educationally-useful surplus computers from the Senate to classrooms around the country. Sitting senators have the option of donating up to 25 computers to public schools in their state that have registered with the program. The computers, which are no longer in use by the Senate due to routine equipment upgrades, are in excellent condition and wiped clean of memory before being sent to the schools. The computers must be allocated in groups of five.

New Mexico schools interested in participating in the program may register on the General Services Administration web site at: http://www.computers.fed.gov.