School repair lab sends computers to Ghana; always looking for more to fix

  • Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:30am
  • LifeNews

MARYSVILLE – Teacher Paul LaGrange and his Computer Repair Lab students are continuing to make the world a little bit smaller.

The class has been repairing donated computers for seven years now and has sent almost 900 computers to various nonprofit organizations around the globe.

This year, the class is sending 110 computers to Axim, Ghana in West Africa. In partnership with Ghana Together, the repaired computers from Marysville Mountain View Arts and Technology High School will be used in a new library and several school computer labs.

Maryanne Ward of Ghana Together said One Laptop Per Child computers repaired a few years ago by the same class are still being used daily in the Axim Public Library.

“What a wonderful program,” she said.

The school’s efforts started as a short-term summer project, in 2011, to repair 12 One Laptop Per Child laptops. It has become a Career and Technical Education computer repair lab with service and global outreach focuses. Its most-recent donation of surplussed computers came from a local healthcare provider. Previous repaired computers now are being used in Liberia, Guatemala, a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan and orphanages in Haiti. Locally, students have provided computers to Housing Hope, Disabled American Veterans and several schools and preschools. Beyond that, students have done thousands of free repairs for community members, provided technology training to senior citizens and have sold refurbished computers to purchase tools and hardware to fix more computers.

The lab is always looking for donated computers. For more on that call LaGrange at 360-965-3036 or email paul_lagrange@msvl.k12.wa.us

More in Life

Used portable saves Arlington $200K

ARLINGTON - A used portable classroom is being installed just north of… Continue reading

Alexis Jones (Susan), Nick Poling (Hunter), Nina Prentiss (Heidi) and Peter Davies (Jeff) belt out one of the songs in [title of show], running May 31-June 16 at the Red Curtain. (Courtesy Photo)
Modern off-Broadway musical hit in Marysville

MARYSVILLE – [title of show] is a musical written by two guys… Continue reading

Sky’s the limit for Skyleigh, other Rotary winners (slide show)

MARYSVILLE – For much of her young life, Skyleigh Morrison has helped… Continue reading

Thompson
Memorial Day events set in Marysville, Arlington

Memorial Day just won’t be the same without Marysville city historian Ken… Continue reading

MG custodian honored for helping Life Skills graduate

MARYSVILLE – The Marysville School District’s Life Skills teacher, Jim Strickland, and… Continue reading

Lakewood announces top academic students

LAKEWOOD – The Cougars have announced their top academic students at year’s… Continue reading

Marysville-Pilchuck AVID teacher Taya Schweizer gets a hug at a ceremony Monday celebrating the success of the program. (Steve Powell/Staff Photo)
Marysville AVID students get thousands of dollars in scholarship money

MARYSVILLE – Just looking at the numbers, you can’t help but be… Continue reading

Volunteers build ramps for those in need

The Master Builders Association of Snohomish and King counties built 40 ramps… Continue reading

2 standout M-P athletes Students of the Month

Softball and wrestling standouts at Marysville-Pilchuck High School are May’s Students of… Continue reading

Most Read