U.S. General Services Administration Donates Laptops to MLK Jr. Middle

By Erica Fatima

The Administrator for The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Denise Turner Roth, presented $51,000* in gently used laptops to an excited group of eighth graders at Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School through the agency’s Computers for Learning Program.  The program — which took place on what would have been Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 87th birthday — included surplus equipment previously used by GSA staff stationed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building.

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GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth, MLK Jr. Middle 8th grade students, APS District 1 Board Member Leslie Grant, PowerMyLearning staff and partners gather around newly donated laptops

“GSA’s Computers for Learning program offers students access to technology to help them effectively compete in the 21st Century. Computers for Learning is one of many community investments GSA makes every day that expands the breadth of opportunity for the American people,” said GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth.

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GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth, APS District 1 Board Member Leslie Grant and PowerMyLearning staff member

APS partner, PowerMyLearning, is a digital justice nonprofit, working to improve student achievement in disadvantaged communities, installed education-based software onto the laptops and participated in the event.

Atlanta Board of Education District 1 Board Member, Leslie Grant, addressed the students stating, “Students, I believe that you can accomplish great things. I encourage you to study hard. Use the new computers for homework research, to create great works of art, or to explore exciting science findings and world events. And as you use these computers, remember that they are gifts, so use them in the “The King Way”…which is: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe.”

Notably, honor roll student Cameron White introduced GSA Administrator, Denise Roth. Cameron spoke with poise as he elaborated on the benefits the computers would bring to his fellow classmates.

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Cameron White, MLK Jr. Middle School honor roll student introduces GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth

“I love to draw and create, it’s my passion. My goal is to help other students learn how to accept themselves and celebrate life through creative art. The computers will help us achieve our goals.”

This computer donation is part of a broader GSA initiative to underscore the agency’s role as a catalyst for economic development in communities across the country.

APS Executive Director for Instructional Technology, Dr. Aleigha Henderson-Rosser encourages students to maximize their educational experience through the use of technology .

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