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Berney gets high-tech gift

Berney Elementary School receives check for laptop computers. (Photo via Walla Walla Public Schools)

WALLA WALLA, Washington — Walla Walla Public Schools announced Wednesday that Berney Elementary School is the recipient of a $25,000 technology gift of Dell personal computers from the Walla Walla Staples store and Intel. The donation funds 53 laptop computers to support learning activities.

“This generous donation will help us focus on improving student learning, enhancing family communications and helping us achieve our goal of ensuring all children learn at high levels,” Principal Michelle Carpenter said.

According to WWPS Director of Communications and Community Relations Mark Higgins, the Staples store competed earlier this year in an event called Score with Intel Core. It saw electronics retailers from across the country competing head-to-head.  Store sales representatives were asked to expand their knowledge about Intel technology and the devices they sell. The winning stores then selected a local school to receive a donation from Intel on their behalf. The local store selected Berney Elementary as the beneficiary.

An assembly held Wednesday morning marked the presentation of the check.

“This is a great way to give back to the community by providing students access to this modern technology,” Staples General Manager Michael Vine said. “The kids were great and very well behaved and we are excited to help support their learning.”

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