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Schools Welcome Old Computers From Hanford With Open Arms

Wed., Nov. 6, 1996

As the Energy Department upgrades computers across the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, equipment that seems obsolete to high-tech professionals is seen as a godsend by schools receiving the rejects.

Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Richland recently picked up the first of 50 computers it will receive from the DOE at Hanford, Principal Paul Dowdy said Tuesday.

“With the budgets the way they are these days, we’d never have been able to come close to buying these computers. This is a great opportunity for us and our kids,” Dowdy said.

The Energy Department has been donating outmoded computers since President Bush authorized the program in 1992.

President Clinton expanded the program in April as part of his program to help schools get on the Internet by 2000.

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