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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Collaboration Provides 100 Computers to Ortega Middle School Students to Support Technology at Home

Alamosa, CO October 17, 2016 – With the help of several community organizations, Alamosa School District will provide free computers to 100 selected students who qualified through an application process. The computers will be distributed to the selected students’ families on Friday, October 21, between 2:30 and 4:00 pm, at the OMS campus at 401 Victoria Ave. Several civic-minded groups collaborated to organize and sponsor this event including: the Energy Resource Center, PCs for People, the Alamosa School District, WSB Computer Services and CenturyLink. The intent is to help bridge the “Digital Divide” that exists between families that have access to connected computers and those who don’t. Charlie Sanchez, ASD School Board of Education member, started the conversation with PCs for People, and as a result 100 ASD families will be provided with the tools needed to succeed in school and future careers.

PCs for People, a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, will distribute the computers. PCs for People is a nonprofit social enterprise focused on bridging the digital divide by providing affordable computers and Internet connectivity to low-income families and students.

Energy Resource Center provides weatherization services at No Charge for qualified individuals and families. ERC is invested in the work and the people we are helping to improve the lives of, while creating a more energy efficient way of life. ERC helps to reduce the energy burden for vulnerable families.

The Anschutz Family Foundation generously provided a grant to PCs for People to support its work and make this event possible. The Foundation supports rural and urban Colorado nonprofit organizations that assist people to help themselves while nurturing and preserving their self- respect.

CenturyLink, a leading provider of Internet, is partnering with the Alamosa School District to make services accessible and affordable. Rob Nelson, Area Supervisor, is helping to coordinate those efforts.

Alamosa School District has a mission to maintain a culture of educational excellence that promotes exemplary academic success and develops confidence and abilities to embrace the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

WSB Computer Services helps businesses of all sizes with cloud connectivity, computer services and products and supports.


Contact:

Julie Seltz – Executive Director – PCs for People – jseltz@pcsforpeople.com – (303) 918-1097

Charlie Sanchez – School BOE Member – Alamosa School District – charlies@erc-co.org – (719) 587- 9492

Carrie Zimmerman – Assistant Superintendent – Alamosa School District – czimmerman@alamosa.k12.co.us – (719) 587-1601

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