County give local students a Christmas filled with memory
Christmas came early in Farmersville this year.
At least one student at four of five school sites in Farmersville received a refurbished computer on Dec. 12. The computers were delivered as part of a partnership between the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, Tulare County Office of Education, Visalia Rotary clubs and Office Depot. School officials nominated children to receive computers based on their outstanding character and good citizenship.
Farmersville Jr. High School Principal Richard Albay said three very deserving students received the computers at his campus.
“It is always a pleasure to bring joy to students especially during these tough financial times,” said Albay.
Farmersville High School Principal Ernie Flores said all of the students who received the computers were seniors who will not only put them to good use in their final semester of high school but also next year in college.
“It was a great surprise to our students,” said Flores. “What a great gift to our students who are moving on to college.”
Students also received computers at Freedom Elementary, Snowden Elementary and Deep Creek Academy, Farmersville Unified’s continuation high school. The only site not to get computers was J.E. Hester School, a kindergarten through first grade only site.
In all, 120 computers were delivered to worthy children from 47 schools throughout Tulare County in each of the five Supervisorial Districts.
The County of Tulare contributed 120 computers and matching flat screens that were due to be sold as surplus. Rotarians donated funding so that the surplus computers could be given away to worthy children. Tulare County Purchasing tested the computers, erased all sensitive files and proprietary software, and installed fresh Windows XP operating systems.
County staff, Rotarians and other volunteers met at the Tulare County Surplus Store last Wednesday morning to load up vehicles with the computers and begin delivering the computers.
County school officials recently nominated hundreds of students to receive the donated computers. The chosen students and most of their teachers are unaware of the early Christmas present.
Below is a list of foothill area schools receiving computers. Schools are listed underneath their County Supervisorial District:
• Strathmore High School
• Deep Creek Academy, Farmersville
• Farmersville High School
-Jose Orozco Barajas
• Freedom Elementary, Farmersville
• Washington School, Lindsay
• Jefferson School, Lindsay
• Snowden School, Farmersville
• Farmersville Junior High School
– Noemi Berber
• Sunnyside Union School, Strathmore
• Harmony Magnet Academy, Strathmore
• Castle Rock Elementary, Woodlake
• Woodlake Valley Middle School