By Denise Dick
The clunky classroom computer monitors used by many city school students will be replaced by flat- screen versions, thanks to a donation from State Farm Insurance.
Last week, school district workers traveled to Newark, Ohio, the State Farm Operations Center, to pick up the equipment.
“They gave us 222 flat-screen monitors and 36 printers,” said Harry Evans, director of operations for the district.
The monitors, stored in a warehouse, will be moved into classrooms for student use.
“We had those big monitors,” Evans said. “These will replace those.”
Angie Rinock, a State Farm spokeswoman, said that State Farm periodically upgrades some of its equipment, but the older equipment remains useful. The agency tries to donate it to other organizations that could use it.
“One of the first places we go is schools,” Rinock said. “Education is a really big priority for us, and schools always have very tight budgets, and when they do have money it’s probably not being spent on computers.”
Another member of State Farm’s Public Affairs Division contacted various agents to see if they knew of any school districts in need of the equipment.
One of those agents was Jan Cefalu, a State Farm agent in Boardman. Cefalu contacted Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn who said the district could use the equipment.
“They were very excited to get them, and we made that connection,” Rinock said.
State Farm also donated monitors and computer accessories including keyboards, printers and mice to Zanesville schools. About 600 pieces of equipment were donated to five school districts in Muskingum County.