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Some 168 computers donated to Brawley schools

December 12, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Elementary School District is the happy recipient of 168 computers from Centinela State Prison and the Social Security Administration's El Centro office.

At Tuesday night's meeting of the district's Board of Trustees, the two organizations were thanked for the donations during agendized items.

"We've been treated very well by some of the local agencies," district Superintendent Howard Sullivan said at the meeting.

Centinela State Prison has donated 135 inmate-refurbished computers to the district since August. Myron D. Witter school received 46, Phil D. Swing school received 58 and Barbara Worth Junior High received 31.

Since 1994, Centinela has donated about 4,000 refurbished computers to Imperial County schools, estimated prison Warden George Giurbino. Under the program, 80 percent of the refurbished computers are sent to a central distribution center and dispersed throughout the state, Giurbino said. Twenty percent are donated locally.

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"I think we've given computers to every school district in the county," Giurbino said.

The program also is beneficial for inmates, Giurbino said.

"The inmates appreciate it because some feel they have taken away from others (in the community). This is a way to give back," he said.

The Social Security Administration's El Centro office donated 33 computers. The district designated 14 each to Phil D. Swing and Miguel Hidalgo schools. Five remain undesignated.

This was the first such computer donation to a school district by the office, said District Manager Ana Quiñonez.

A recent upgrade to the office's computers made the 33 computers unneeded, Quiñonez said.

"They're fairly new. Nothing is wrong with them," she said.

Supervisor Julio Jauregui, a product of the Brawley Elementary School District, said the office was "glad we were able to donate them.

"I'm sure they'll make good use of them," Jauregui said.

The office and its employees, who previously donated furniture to the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District in Winterhaven, wanted to give the computers to someone who could use them, Quiñonez said.

"We're thankful to be recognized," Quiñonez said of the district's expression of appreciation at Tuesday's meeting.

>>Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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