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DADE SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE DONATED IBM COMPUTERS VALUED AT $5.5 MILLION

 DADE SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE DONATED IBM COMPUTERS VALUED AT $5.5 MILLION
 MIAMI, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM has begun delivery of more than $5 million in personal computers that it donated to Dade County schools ravaged by Hurricane Andrew.
 To date, IBM's donations total nearly $10 million in cash, equipment, personnel and office space.
 Before dawn today, a convoy of trucks and vans left the IBM facility at Boca Raton and headed for Homestead and South Miami, where many schools' computer labs were severely damaged or wiped out completely.
 The trucks were accompanied by IBM installation teams. Each team was dropped off at a school to unload and set up the computers, while the convoy headed to the next school.
 "Last month, we promised we'd deliver 2,000 computers -- enough to equip 100 schools," said IBM's Bill Sarubbi. "This week, we're making good on that promise."
 Dr. Henry Fraind, spokesperson for the school district, said: "On behalf of the Dade County School Board, the superintendent of schools, Octavio J. Visiedo, and all of the employees and students of the Dade County Public Schools, we humbly thank IBM for the generous donation of 2,000 personal computers. Our administrators, teachers and students will not soon forget the altruism shown by IBM in our hour of need."
 Sarubbi, state manager for Eduquest, IBM's education subsidiary, said software to help teach language, math and science courses was loaded in the computers at Boca Raton. He added: "With everything else the teachers and students have to contend with right now, we want them to be able to start using the computers as quickly as possible."
 IBM's strategy is to deliver and install computers at 15-20 schools a week through November. Each school gets 20 computers wired into a network that lets the teachers interact with the students."
 Besides the 2,000 personal computers, IBM will provide the schools with training for teachers as needed, 100 larger PCs for teachers to interact with the students' computers, and 100 printers donated by Lexmark, an IBM subsidiary.
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