Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Joe Preston and Faith Christian Academy principal Barry Pearce stand with a computer donated to the academy through the federal Computers for Schools program. Computers for Schools takes surplus computers, repairs and refurbishes them, then donates them to schools, public libraries and Aboriginal communities. Three schools in St. Thomas and Elgin county have benefited from a federal program that refurbishes and donates used computers. Faith Christian Academy in St. Thomas and Mount Salem Secondary School and Immanuel Christian School of Aylmer has each received computers from the Computers for Schools program.
The program takes surplus computers from businesses and provincial and federal governments, then repairs, refurbishes and donates them to schools, public libraries and Aboriginal communities.
Computers for Schools operates thanks in part to funding from the federal government and provides training opportunities for young people in digital technology.
“Certainly schools are stretched – every penny spent three or four times,” said Joe Preston, Conservative MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London.
“This gives us an opportunity to let them be spent, not have to worry about the computer side of it—teaching young adults how to refurbish computers is a life skill, he added.
“And it takes what would have been used computers out of landfill and lets them be re-used in the school setting, where it’s really important to do so.”
Computers started arriving at Faith academy last August, with 45 delivered since then. Mount Salem received eight computers and Immanuel received two.
“It actually has a huge impact,” said Faith academy principal Barry Pearce.
“One of the big uses we have in our school is for kids who have special needs. They respond better to the technology than say, a child who doesn’t have special needs.
“And there’s a lot of programs that we access that help them overcome their learning disability. So it’s very beneficial to someone like that, as it is to all our students.”
AT A GLANCE
Computers for Schools
- Has refurbished and donated over 1.3 million computers across Canada
- Given over 6,000 young Canadians experience working with digital technologies
- Helps extend the lives of computers by three to four years