Volunteers prepare for Ed Tech Day

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 8:18 AM EDT


Around 120 volunteers are gearing up for the ninth annual Ed Tech Day on Aug. 21, when around 15 area schools, churches and nonprofits will be recipients of donated computers, servers, cables and other forms of technology.

"Each one of these sites has its own unique set of needs," said Valerie Cronin of Women's and Children's Hospital, who is helping to coordinate the event.

Cronin said the Ed Tech Foundation is getting donations from area companies that may be upgrading laptops, as an example. The old ones are then donated.

Prior to Ed Tech Day, sites that have registered as recipients are visited by an Ed Tech representative who evaluates the situation and determines the scope of work. The Ed Tech Board reviews the report, then decides what can be provided.

Then, on one day each year, teams of volunteers use the donated equipment to set up computers, labs, printers, scanners, networking equipment, or to install wiring and other technology that will give children access to modern technology.

"We get applications, they may be from a Catholic school that doesn't have money, and we go in and configure the wi-fi," she said.

Because so many applications are being submitted, Cronin said the foundation is considering running two such days per year.

She added that there is a need for more volunteers, and if companies have usable equipment, pickup will be arranged.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.edtechday.org.

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