Uncle Sam’s trash is a treasure to one South Jersey high school

David Madden
June 15, 2019 - 4:00 am

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CAMDEN, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden is more than willing to take what the feds don’t want anymore. At least when it comes to electronic equipment.

The school has been taking advantage of a program called “Computers for Learning” run through the General Services Administration. Teacher Tom Levy’s efforts have taken him from New York and Philadelphia to DC since August to pick up what Uncle Sam is throwing out.

“This program allows us to get computers that the federal government is no longer using,” Levy told KYW Newsradio. “They donate it to schools and non-profits. So though this, we were able to acquire roughly a million dollars’ worth of computers.”

They’ve replaced two computer labs in the school, set up a third for graphic arts use and have access to upwards for 400 laptops, iPads and peripherals.

“Think about it. That’s district money we don’t have to spend on us,” he added. “These computers are more updated than the computers we currently are using in the building. So these students are having access to newer technology than is currently available.”

And let’s face it. The price is right.

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