WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement announcing her donation of twenty-five computers to five Nevada schools.
“It’s important that we work to provide our children with the tools they need to thrive in an increasingly technological world,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to take part in this excellent program and that some of our U.S. Senate computers will be put to good use to support students throughout Nevada. I will continue to work on forward-thinking legislation, like my bipartisan Building Blocks of STEM ACT, that provides our children with the skills needed to succeed in a 21st Century economy.”
“We are very appreciative of Senator Rosen’s donation to our school,” said Lenette Reece, Principal of Richard J. Rundle Elementary School. “The five computers were placed in two 4th grade classrooms. They are used with our English Language Learner (ELL) students to facilitate their language acquisition. These computers are also utilized for students to collaborate using Google classroom and digital production applications. With the world focused on technology, our students need to know how to maneuver through the technology world safely. These computers have helped our 4th grade students move in that direction.”
“Our students are very appreciative of the gift of five computers we received from Senator Rosen’s office,” said Vanessa Altfas, Principal of James Bilbray Elementary School. “The computers have been added in our computer lab, allowing a full set of computers to be utilized by our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. Our computer lab is utilized by all students for reading and math intervention lab, keyboarding and technology skills as well as to complete online software programs, such as Moby Max and Khan Academy. The entire Bilbray Elementary community is very appreciative of the generous gift to our school!”
“Computers are needed more than ever as we continue to move toward creating a 21st Century learning experience in our schools,” said Dr. Kristen McNeill, Interim Superintendent of Washoe County School District. “These new computers will allow our students to explore new topics, gain valuable skills, and help achieve their goals. Senator Rosen’s donation shows her commitment to making sure our students in Nevada are prepared with the skills they need to succeed.”
BACKGROUND: Overseen by the Senate’s Sergeant At Arms, the U.S. Senate Computers for Schools Program was established to offer surplus Senate computers to classrooms countrywide. Senators have the option of donating up to 25 computers, in blocks of five, to public schools in their state that have registered with the National Center for Education Statistics. The computers are gently used and wiped clean of memory before being shipped to schools.
The following schools are recipients of five computers each:
• Proctor R. Hug High School in Reno, Nevada
• North Valleys High School in Reno, Nevada
• Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada
• Richard J. Rundle Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada
• James Bilbray Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada