Guam – Students of Inarajan Middle School will now enjoy the benefits of technology upgrades in their school library and computer lab thanks to the generous donation of laptops and monitors presented by the Guam Air National Guard this morning.
“We have a blue print for the gateway to technology, and this donation will augment those efforts by taking our students beyond social media and into the educational side of the digital age of learning,” said Assistant Principal Angel Legaspi.
The Guam Air Guard’s contribution of 12 laptops and 10 monitors, valued at approximately $15,000, will assist the school in meeting their technology goals in the classroom.
“The students will be able to be more creative and much faster in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet development, and desktop publishing,” said Daniel Crisostomo, who currently works as the school’s computer science teacher.
Crisostomo is responsible for running the computer lab for the eighth-grade student population of more than 200 who take computer as an elective, and for the annual school-wide reading and math assessment.
With an inventory of 30 computers, of which only five are currently functional, the Guam Air Guard’s donation couldn’t have come at a better time for the students.
“We are value-added partners in the Guam community, and we also have a community mission as a Guam National Guard,” said Col. Johnny Lizama, commander of the 254th Air Base Group.
Through the Computers for Learning (CFL) program administered through the General Services Administration, Inarajan Middle School registered and became authorized as a potential recipient of excess Information Technology equipment from federal agencies.
Master Sgt. Dave Blas said that the CFL program allows the Guam Air Guard to donate IT assets that are outdated in terms of processor or security updates that are required by the National Guard Bureau.
“The machines being donated are solid systems that will allow the school to replace school equipment that is now obsolete,” said Blas.
And this is not the first of community effort provided by the Guam Guard to the school. The Air and Army teamed up in a previous joint effort to upgrade the school’s computer lab facilities last year.
“We were able to run new infrastructure in the computer lab about a year ago,” said Blas. “The outcome was an upgraded network system brought to the school by approximately 15 Guard members.”
The Guam Air Guard has plans underway to donate even more IT assets in the near future. Systems are constantly in need of upgrades and replacements, which creates more opportunities to give back to the community. Lizama also noted that outreaches like this provide the Guam Air Guard a chance to be connected to the community.
“Our next group commander or command chief may be at this school right now,” said Lizama.
“Being positive role models to our children will always be our way ahead for the Guam Air National Guard.”