Guam – When students at Inarajan Middle School return to school in August, there will be an additional 31 personal computers for their use. The PCs were formally turned over to the school on Friday by senior officials of the Guam Army National Guard.
Assistant Principal Natasha Dela Cruz said the computers will be a great help to the students and teachers, and was thankful for the continued support of the Guam National Guard.
[Inarajan Middle School officials received a second installment of 31 personal computers from the GUNG recently. Natasha Dela Cruz, Inarajan MS assistant principal (2nd from left), was on hand to receive the computers from the Guam Guard. At the school library were several GUNG members led by Chief of Joint Staff COL Diron Cruz (left).]
“Any contributions and donations we receive are always appreciated. Many of our computers don’t work and at times, teachers have had to bring in their own personal computers for lesson plans,” Dela Cruz said.
The donation was made possible by a federal program called Computers for Learning (CFL), in which Inarajan Middle School had to register and be eligible for the program. The middle school received 12 laptops and 10 monitors from the Guam Air National Guard earlier this year, which students have directly benefited from, school officials said.
“Having working computers allows us to teach students technical skills that are required in this day and age. Many of them don’t have access to a computer at home, so for them to come here and be exposed to technology is extremely beneficial” said Dela Cruz.
Maj. Gen. Benny M. Paulino, The Adjutant General for the Guam Guard, said he was pleased to see the computers that were slated to be turned in be put to good use instead.
“Computer knowledge and use is a critical skill for today’s world. To be able to equip our children with these working computers that we needed to change out anyway, is a win-win situation, helping our education system, and assisting in the learning and development of our children,” Maj. Gen. Paulino said.