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Release Date: 12.09.2009 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Fitzgerald PR

RaceTrac Donates Computers to Marietta High School Students in Need

Today Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum will announce its decision to donate 42 of its gently-used computers to the Marietta Housing Authority (MHA) to be used by students attending Marietta High School living under section 8 housing. The computers will also be used by students participating in MHA's mentoring program in conjunction with the Marietta Schools Foundation. The decision will be announced during the Cobb Community Collaborative general meeting.

All of the computers have been reformatted to the Windows XP base operating system. RaceTrac's IT group, like many corporate departments, customarily refreshes the company's computers every four years. This year, they decided to do something different with their former machines, and the company couldn't be happier with that decision.

"Making the decision to donate our computers has opened our eyes to the digital disparity among students," said Jim Burt, IT director for RaceTrac. "We are honored to be able to help high school students living in our community enrich their educations."

According to Superintendent Emily Lembeck and the MHA, the digital divide between students living under various economic situations is a major concern for Marietta City Schools. Low-income students who do not have access to computers at home are often forced to do work in half-hour sessions at the local public library. Currently, there are more than 50 Section 8 high school students attending Marietta High School. The students who obtain the computers donated by RaceTrac will be required to sign an existing school-approved user agreement with the MHA to ensure the machines are used properly.

"The digital divide has been an on-going concern for our school system," said Emily Lembeck, superintendent, Marietta City Schools. "These computers offer significant academic opportunities to the receiving students and will potentially also be used by younger siblings and some parents who now have the opportunity to take on-line classes to further their own educations."

In addition, those parents will be able to keep up-to-date with their children's school work. Also, mentors serving under MHA's program will have more frequent access to their mentees and be able to be more active in their educations.

"This donation couldn't have come at a better time," said Ray Buday, executive director, Marietta Housing Authority. "Though students are winding down from the current semester, thanks to RaceTrac, they will be ready to hit the ground running at the beginning of next year while also receiving an advantageous gift during this holiday season."

WHAT: Live Announcement of RaceTrac's Donation of Computers to Students in Need

WHEN: Wednesday, December 8, 2009 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cobb Community Collaborative at The Mansour Center
995 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30060-3507

Contact Info

Contact Name: Sherri Scott

Company: Fitzgerald PR

Phone: 404-266-7551

Cell: 404-309-4345