For a high school student, computers have largely replaced paper and pencil for most activities. From research to papers and even classroom discussions, almost everything is being done online. If a student doesn’t have access to a computer at home, he/she is placed at a distinct disadvantage.
Vanguard and the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF) teamed up to make sure all of the students at Phoenixville Area High School have the tools they need to succeed. Twenty computers were recently donated to the school, and will be available for students to “check out” through the school library, for both short and long-term use.
Vanguard and its crew found a way to recycle computers they could no longer use and meet a community need in the same breath by donating computers to PC Rebuilders and Recyclers (PCRR), a national, not-for-profit organization that collects and refurbishes old, outdated computers and equipment, and gets them in shape to sell at a nominal fee to schools or non-profits. Since 2003, Vanguard and its crew have donated over 3,500 computers to the program.
The PCEF generously supports programs and initiatives throughout the Phoenixville Area School District, fulfilling its mission to support educational opportunities in Phoenixville. PCEF President , Kelly Connors, was excited to provide the funding to purchase the 20 computers for the high school. “PCEF is always looking for new opportunities to support the school district, and this was a great use of our monies,” she said.
PAHS Principal, Dr. Craig Parkinson, anticipates a heavy usage of the donated computers. Four of them are already on long-term loans, with the other 16 currently in the school library. Any student can check out one of the computers, just as they would a book. “Our students are so appreciative of this generous gift from Vanguard and PCEF,” Parkinson stated. “I expect we will see many students taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity,” he added.
Pictured below – Bryan Ruzenski (Director of Technology), Mike Curry and Dave Miller (Vanguard Computers for Schools directors), Dr. Alan Fegley (PASD Superintendent) , and Kelly Connors (PCEF President) with 2 PAHS students.