Key Club, Tech Class Fix And Donate Computers

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A collaboration of the Payson High School Key Club and the A+ Computer Tech class has resulted in the donation of several computers to local charities.

Through a grant program, AZ STRUTS, overseen by Motorola, students in Joseph Pauley's A+ computer tech class were given several computers to repair with the condition that they be donated back into the community.

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Students from the Payson High School Key Club teamed up with those in the A+ Computer Tech class to revamp older computers to donate to local organizations. While students in the computer class repaired them, the Key Club raised money for the software.

Students gained hands-on knowledge and experience repairing the computers while the Key Club, the high school arm of Kiwanis, raised money all year for new software for them.

Jan Shafer, Key Club advisor, said the students are enjoying the project and learning a lot.

"They feel they are doing something very worthwhile and useful by bringing technology to groups that really need it in our community," Shafer said.

The Time Out Shelter and Head Start are the first recipients on the list of several organizations benefiting from the student's efforts.

Time Out Director Darleen Curlee said the donated computers will be for the residents at the shelter.

"The computers will be a big help for the women in writing resumes or letters," Curlee said. "But they are also valuable for the children. We have teenagers staying here who need to do homework for their classes and now they have a computer available to them."

Curlee believes that familiarity with computers is an asset when looking for employment.

"Everyone needs computer skills nowadays if you're looking for a job," Curlee said.

As more computers are repaired and the new software is installed, other local organizations will join Time Out, Head Start.

For more information, contact Shafer or Pauley at Payson High School at 474-2233.

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