The McCreary County Record


March 12, 2014

McCreary Academy to receive 5 computers

Secured through US Senate Computers for Schools Program

WASHINGTON, DC —  U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that five Kentucky public schools located in eastern and western Kentucky received computers from the United States Senate’s Computers for Schools program.

    The schools were selected by Senator McConnell. The Computers for Schools program is a national initiative administered by the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms (SAA) office, which helps public schools by sending surplus computers to schools across the country.

     Four of the schools are in eastern Kentucky: Pineville Elementary in Pineville, Owsley County Elementary in Booneville, Mountain View Elementary in Hyden, and McCreary Academy in Stearns. Longest Elementary in Greenville is the recipient school in western Kentucky. Each school received five computers.

     Senator McConnell is pleased that this surplus equipment will be used in such a valuable way in providing an innovative learning environment at the five schools.

    “These computers will help aid teachers at these Kentucky schools in showing students the vast resources that are available at their fingertips,” Senator McConnell said. “This knowledge will give students an upper-hand in learning computer skills and assist in their overall education. It is exciting to be a part of this computer initiative and see its continued support in promoting a good educational environment in the Commonwealth.”

     McCreary Academy Principal, Sharon Privett, said receiving additional computers will enhance the availability of technology, which is an integral part of all the classrooms at the academy.

    “The generosity of Senator McConnell’s contribution of technology to our school will be used to support student instruction in intervention programs for at-risk youth,” Principal Privett stated.  “Technology is utilized for student access to online programs and information which extends the walls of our classrooms.  We are thankful for Senator McConnell supporting student achievement in our school.”

     The Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 1997 authorized the Senate to participate in the program, which allows the SAA to transfer educationally useful surplus equipment to eligible public schools. The computers remain in excellent condition and are ideal for use in public schools.

    The SAA, in coordination with the United Parcel Service (UPS), ships the computers to the selected schools.

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