From left Tera McClish, St. Joseph County Schools, Trent Conklin, Burr Oak Community Schools and Chad Bennett, St. Joseph County Schools, work to find a temporary home in the Burr Oak library while the computers are set up throughout the school.

Glen Oaks donates surplus computers to Burr Oak Community Schools

Linda Walker at her desk.
Linda Walker, art teacher at Burr Oak Community Schools, has a lot more room on her desk now that she has a flat screen monitor recently donated from Glen Oaks Community College.
Burr Oak Community Schools, in cooperation with the St. Joseph County Schools Information Services, received 28 Dell Computers and 68 Dell monitors thanks to a donation from Glen Oaks Community College.
Linda Walker at her desk. showing TV used to project to students behind her.
Linda Walker, art teacher at Burr Oak Community Schools, can now connect her computer to both her desk monitor and a large screen tv monitor, so that she can more effectively share course content with her students.
“The College recently purchased 22 Apple iMac computers for use in the new Graphic Design program which kicked off this fall,” said Bruce Zakrzewski, dean of finance and administrative services. “In addition, there were additional surplus computers that had recently been replaced. We were committed to finding a new home for the surplus Dell computer systems in the county and worked with the St. Joseph County Schools Information Services, who identified the need at Burr Oak Community Schools.”

Tera McClish, systems analyst for St. Joseph County Schools, said that the donated computers will be first used to upgrade the existing teacher computer stations in classrooms at Burr Oak. “After we upgrade the teacher/staff systems, the remaining computers will be set up in the student computer labs,” said McClish. “Some of the school’s computer labs and student computers were older systems with bulkier monitors and hard drives with limited memory. We’re excited that we are able to upgrade these computer systems – as each of the Glen Oaks computers came as a complete system to include monitors and keyboards.”

“I’ve been creating artwork with digital media since the 1980’s,” said Linda Walker, art teacher, Burr Oak Community Schools. “As an educator, it’s wonderful to have the latest technology available to share new ideas and techniques in the classroom environment. The large scale monitor (recently purchased by the school) and recent computer upgrades enhance my lessons by providing students the opportunity to all view the same content on the screen.”