CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Representatives from secondlaunchWV were present at Chesapeake Elementary School this morning to present newly refurbished equipment to the school. The school received 20 computers, five notebooks and four laser printers, all in working order, all for free.
Two years ago, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Office of Technology partnered together to explore the feasibility of a technology recycling project. One year ago, secondlaunchWV had recycled and refurbished $1 million worth of computers and other equipment. This month, secondlaunchWV reached $2 million worth of recycled technology, and has no plans to stop.
Computers and other equipment are donated to secondlaunchWV from agencies of the executive branch of government in the state. This equipment is then wiped, cleaned and upgraded to meet the requirements of the programs used in schools. Computers, monitors, keyboards and mice are packaged together for ease of use and assembly, and schools can pick the computers up at the secondlaunchWV warehouse.
“Our goal with this program is to ensure that all students have the resources they need to be successful in the 21st century world of learning,” said state Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano. “Without Second Launch, many schools wouldn’t have the technology that is so necessary for students, and we are glad that we’ve found a cost-efficient way to provide these units to the schools—for free.”
So far, secondlaunchWV has served 33 counties in the state, with plans to reach all 55 counties. Future plans of the program also include the expansion of state and community partnerships. SecondlaunchWV is always looking for more agencies to donate their old computer systems. For more information on donating, contact Dave Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can see secondlaunchWV in action by visiting http://wvde.state.wv.us/showcase.
For additional information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.