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Computers for Schools: A Worthy Cause

Ms. Stokes' 8th grade class of Sumner Academy (Chicago) thanks Tim Warterloo, president of Oak Enterprises, for Oak's sponsorship of 10 computers through the Computers for Schools program.
What do you do with your old computers? How about helping our youth become computer-proficient by donating those old computers to the Computers for Schools organization?

Computers for Schools takes donated equipment, refurbishes them for educational use, and makes them available to schools on a cost recovery basis. This fantastic program bridges the technology divide by serving the needs of schools and other not-for-profit organizations. To further benefit today's youth or disadvantaged, the refurbishment process itself provides educational opportunities for many job corps students and others.

  • You and/or your company wins by disposing your unwanted equipment in a way that meets strict EPA standards and knowing it has gone to such a worthy cause.
  • Schools win by being able to provide students with critical computer skills at an affordable cost.
  • Communities win by having more educated - and often by extension more motivated - youth.
  • Society wins with an environmentally-sound means of computer recycling -- and of course, by better-educated young people who can make positive contributions to society.

Oak Enterprises had the pleasure to experience first-hand the tremendous impact that Computers for Schools makes. In lieu of holiday gifts last year, we chose this organization as one of several we'd supported - in this case, outfitting an 8th-grade classroom on Chicago's west side with refurbished computers. The students wrote cards and letters expressing their appreciation. Here's from one:

"Thank you for giving us the chance of a lifetime by being able to bring the world to us with the click of a button. We also thank you for giving us a chance to enhance our education and learn to our potential."

Thanks to our clients and consultants who overwhelmingly wrote to us supporting Oak's action.

If you'd like to explore how you might help, call Computers for Schools at 1-800-939-6000 or visit their website at

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