High school students refurbish computers for 20 families


With the help of high school computer science students, 20 Clarke County families were given a free laptop. 

“First, in class, we tried to get a hard drive installed, get Windows installed, install Google Chrome and Malwarebytes,” said ninth-grade Clarke County High School student Lucas Castelhano.

Clarke County Public Schools and the Clarke County Education Foundation teamed up with the Virginia Star program to make this all possible. 

“It survives because of the kids, the schools, the community, but then also the businesses and the entities that are able to provide the technology because they’re going to get rid of it anyway,” said Clarke County High School computer science teacher Phillip Facemire. 

The laptops for this giveaway were donated by FEMA. 

“We just handed out 20 laptops to families that need them. 21st-century requirements are going to be access to the internet, access to computing power,” said Facemire. 

The students say this program is a win-win because while they are learning new skills, they are also lending a helping hand.

“It’s fun to feel like you’re helping out the community, of everyone who was here and who needed a computer, and well it’s interesting to learn how to make a computer,” said Castelhano.

55 schools across the state participate in the Virginia Star program.

“I feel like it’s really important to have programs like this to support the community and to give people a chance,” said ninth-grade Clarke County High School student Raymond Steen.

This is an annual give-a-way and Clarke County hopes to build up their program so they can hand out more laptops in the future. 

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