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Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council offering refurbished computers

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council is offering a program, Computers for Louisiana’s Families, that offers refurbished computers to low-income families with children on free or reduced lunch for $150 plus tax.

Each system includes a 17-inch color monitor, a keyboard and mouse, a 3.5-inch floppy disk drive and a CD-ROM drive. The desktop is complete with software, educational games, Web browser, anti-virus protection and a network interface card.  Upgrades are also available.

“The ‘digital divide’ is a serious issue that is a special concern here in our community and state,” said executive director Nancy Jo Craig.  “Because Louisiana has such a high rate of poverty, having a new computer is out of the financial reach of many families. Children without computers at home are at a significant disadvantage. The CACRC helps families afford computers so children can do their homework at home rather than driving to a library at night or missing the assignment entirely.”

RentANerd Incorporated is working in partnership with the CACRC and will donate one free session of technical support to those receiving the CLF computers.  Families with a child in the household on free or reduced lunch qualify for the program, and applications can be acquired at the CACRC office. For more information on this program, visit www.computersforfamilies.org.

The CACRC is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday for public drop-off of used electronic equipment. All hard drives are destroyed. For more information, call 225-379-3577 or visit www.cacrc.com.