LexJet recently donated computer equipment to the Texcellence Program, a nationally-recognized computer donation program that will donate its 4,000th gently-used reconditioned system to Sarasota County students whose families could not otherwise afford a home computer. LexJet donated 64 Dell 17” LCD monitors, 18 USB wired keyboards, 25 wireless keyboards, 25 wireless mice and six USB mice.
“In this economy, these families do not have the means to provide a computer at home, but they know how important this technology is to their children’s future,” explains Cindy Kaiser, executive director of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. “They go to great lengths to participate in Texcellence because they are truly motivated to help their children succeed.”
Texcellence is a collaboration between the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and the public schools. The program was inspired by a local teacher, Ron Zimmerman, who recycled the used computers in his garage for children in need.
“The economic downturn has been especially hard on school systems that don’t have the resources to ensure that all the children in their districts have access to the latest technology. We recognized a great way that we could give back to a community that has given so much to LexJet,” says Jason Metnick, LexJet vice president.
Computers are donated in lots of ten or more from government agencies and companies like Publix Super Markets and LexJet. Qualified students and their families – those eligible for free or reduced price meals that do not already have a computer at home – register for an after-school or weekend session, take a basic computer training class and receive a refurbished PC. Recipients learn to set up and use the computers, flash drives and educational software that complement what the students use in the classroom.
For more information and to get involved, go to www.EdFoundation.net or call 941-927-0965. Just $250 allows Texcellence to refurbish one computer, then offer training and support to a student and family in need.