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IBM CORP. DONATES COMPUTERS TO SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES

 HARRISBURG, Pa., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern York School District, one of a number of Pennsylvania educational institutions receiving donated surplus computer equipment from The International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), today accepted the equipment in a ceremony at Eastern Junior/Senior High School.
 The computers were donated to schools and libraries across Pennsylvania through the combined efforts of Richard M. Walsh, special assistant to the governor for telecommunications and technology systems, and the state Department of Education.
 Pennsylvania Commissioner of Libraries Sara Parker welcomed the donation, saying, "Pennsylvania schools and libraries recognize that students and teachers gain tremendously from competency in all that computer technology can offer.
 "This partnership with IBM, arranged by the Governor's Office, demonstrates the mutual benefit of business/education partnerships in which students and teachers gain computer literacy and IBM gains future adult citizens with greater understanding of the potential of computers," Parker said.
 Institutions receiving the computers are:
 -- Allegheny County: Pittsburgh School District, 16 XT computers, color monitors, keyboards and graphics printers; the Mon-Valley Education Consortium, 16 XT computers, color monitors, keyboards and graphics printers. These will be used in school libraries to access INTERNET, the international computer network, and ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA, containing the 16.5 million holdings in 1,070 Pennsylvania libraries.
 -- Clarion County: Clarion County schools, 13 XT computers, color monitors, keyboards and graphics printers to enable students in rural schools to participate in otherwise inaccessible courses such as anatomy and physiology offered through a telecommunications network of computers and telephones.
 -- York County: Eastern Junior/Senior High School in Eastern York School District, 30 XT computers, color monitors, keyboards and printers to upgrade its computer offerings in a school with relatively limited computer capability. These computers will provide a writing lab for both junior and senior high school students, computers in classrooms to assist teachers and a language lab.
 -- Statewide: Public libraries throughout the Commonwealth, 50 XT computers, color monitors, keyboards and printers to provide small libraries that cannot afford computers access to INTERNET, communications networks with other libraries and many on-line catalogs from other libraries, in accordance with the State Library's long-range goals. The specific libraries have not yet been determined.
 -- Schuylkill County: Schuylkill County schools, 13 AT computers, color monitors, keyboards and printers to provide teachers access to on-line computer networks in the 11 high school libraries and media centers in the vocational-technical and special education buildings.
 -- Centre County: Bellefonte Area Middle School, 30 AT computers, color monitors, keyboards and printers for the Reinventing Education for Active Learning Initiative (REAL), a program combining microcomputer technology, outcome-based education, multidisciplinary curriculum and cooperative learning to redesign their middle-school curriculum.
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 /CONTACT: Janet Elfring of the Department of Education, 717-783-9802/


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