New computer center gives Palomas students access to modern technology

new computer center

This new computer center Border Partners facilitated will give Palomas elementary students access to modern computers for the first time.

Border Partners is providing and installing twelve computers at the Ramon Espinoza (morning) and Ignacio Zaragoza (afternoon) school building in Palomas.  With this new technology equipment, the schools will create a computer center that both institutions will share.  This brand new computer center complements our work of donating and installing computers for education at the third primary school in Palomas, Ford School.

This will be the first time students at any of the elementary schools in Palomas have had access to up-to-date computers.

The computers for the new computer center were donated by UNICOR, a U.S. Government corporation established by Congress in 1934. UNICOR employs and provides job skills training to inmates confined within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. One of their operations is to refurbish used computers.

Ten elementary classrooms in Palomas will receive their first computer

Andrew Slade of UNICOR (left) presents ten computers for education to Border Partners co-director Peter Edmunds at an Earth Day event in Silver City, NM.

Border Partners co-director Peter Edmunds at an Earth Day event in Silver City, NM.

Ten computers are ready for delivery to Palomas elementary school classrooms that presently have no computer at all.  This big step forward for education is the result of a donation Border Partners received on April 21 at the Earth Day recycling event in Silver City, New Mexico.

Bill Charland, Border Partners’ board member, arranged this donation with Andrew Slade from UNICOR. This government agency operates a recycling program that collects unwanted computers, evaluating them to determine whether they can be refurbished or broken down into component parts for reprocessing.  Some of this work is carried out by federal prisoners.

Border Partners’ goal is to put at least one computer in each of the town’s 35 elementary classrooms during 2012. We are very grateful to Andrew Slade and UNICOR for helping us toward meeting this goal with their generous contributions.