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Los Angeles Elementary School Receives Technology Makeover

Dayton Heights Elementary School in Los Angeles has made substantial improvements to its education technology offerings, courtesy of technology marketing firm Everything Channel and local volunteer action center L.A. Works. The "makeover" impacts the school's computer lab, library and teacher workroom.

Everything Channel sponsors Channel@Work, a volunteer program to give back to the community. A component of the program, the Technology Makeover School Edition, is behind the improvements at Dayton Heights. They include six new computers and a printer for the school library and OS and keyboard upgrades for 34 Apple workstations in the school computer lab, as well as a new computer for teacher use.

The company recently held a conference in Los Angeles and wanted to include a day of volunteer service for members of Channel@Work. The group reached out to L.A. Works, which in turn determined the need at Dayton Heights and proceeded to design and facilitate the technology makeover project.

Deborah Brutchey, senior director of L.A. Works, had high praise for Channel@Work and all of the contributors to the project. "Everything Channel and members of the technology industry have set aside valuable time to help us improve the facility of one of our community partners," said Brutchey.  "We appreciate this tremendous support of our mission to increase volunteer participation and build the capacity of our nonprofit partners."

Contributors to the school's technology improvements included: AMD, Samsung, Juniper Networks, Belkin International, Jessica DeVita of UberGeekGirl in Santa Monica, and Bob Nitrio of Ranvest Associates in Orangevale.

Dayton Heights Elementary, which belongs to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), is a 100-year-old K-5 school in the city's Silverlake community. Federally designated a Title 1 school, it enrolls nearly 600 students, with 91 percent from families living at or below poverty level.

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