The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District has donated 41 desktop and eight laptop computers, plus printers and other related equipment to the Lincoln County School District.

The donation was made possible through the Computers for Learning program (CFL), which encourages agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to transfer computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs directly to schools and some national nonprofit organizations.

Lincoln County School District Superintendent Steve Hansen said Joseph Lamb, the district’s IT director, had a contact at the BLM office in Ely and learned of some computers that had been donated to the White Pine School District a few years ago “and they wanted to share these older computers.”

Some of them are not useable, except maybe for spare parts, Hansen said, “but there were some we can use. We’re grateful and thank the BLM for their efforts to help and it does benefit us.”

Lamb said BLM likes to change out their computers after about five years or so, and were going to give these to the White Pine district, but also wanted to give some to Lincoln County.

“The printers were obsolete,” he said, “but the computers, the ones that were dual core CPU or above, I’ll keep.”

He said none to the donated computers are expected to go to Pahranagat Valley High.Hansen said the computers will be used to help rebuild the computer lab at Lincoln High, “what we call document labs, where kids can do different kinds of documents and papers that are due. It’s a real simple computer with basic word processing, but it works, and we’re grateful for their donation.”

The CFL program specifically matches the computer needs of schools and educational nonprofit organizations with excess equipment in federal agencies.

The CFL program’s goal is to make modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom so that every child has the opportunity to be educated to his or her full potential. To learn more about the CFL program go to http://computersforlearning.gov/.