NBC33 teams with CACRC, Whole Foods to bring new computer lab to a local school

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POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:35am

NBC33 is looking to help local students by donating a brand new computer lab to a school in need.

We're teaming up with the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council and Whole Foods for "Tools For Schools."

Winbourne Elementary, Broadmoor Middle, Park Elementary and La Belle Aire Elementary are in the running for a brand new computer lab, but they need your help to make it happen.

“There are a lot of kids, here in our community, that don’t have access to computers," stated Executive Director of CACRC, Nancy Jo Craig. "Having a computer lab at their school will just be a fantastic addition to their educational experience."

One of these four Baton Rouge schools will receive 15 newly-refurbished computers, complete with Windows 7 installed.

"Our technicians pull them out and go through them. If they can refurbish them, they do. Those that can't be refurbished get recycled."

Recycling your old electronics is another lesson we can all learn from.

"If you recycle a computer system - you know, everybody's talking about their carbon footprint and improving your carbon footprint - that's like taking half a car off the road for a year. It's really a great thing to do."

Whole Foods is also teaming up with NBC33 for Tools For School and they're giving you the opportunity to help students as well.

On Saturday, September 28, you can drop off your old electronics at Whole Foods from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to be recycled free of charge (with the exception of televisions). So clean out your closet or garage; your old gadget could be the newest learning tool for students in our area.

"Anything that comes in that is worth refurbishing for the Tools For School project - it will go into that as well."

Vote for one of the four schools competing here.

The school with the most votes will receive updated, recycled computers from CACRC.

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