Sage TechBank Invests in Student Success with Columbus City Schools

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Sage Sustainable Electronics’ TechBank transforms donated laptops from the community into essential educational tools for students in the Columbus City Schools and their families.

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Together, with the help of our community, we can make Columbus a place where every child has the tools to succeed at school and beyond.

When the coronavirus closed Columbus City Schools last March, many students lacked basic technology to continue their studies from home. “We have only been able to supply laptops to about 62% of student households and 62% of students in the district so far,” said Vandhana Veerni, CIO for the Columbus City School District. In many homes, students find themselves competing with siblings for computer time. In Columbus, 13% of households lack a suitable computer for schoolwork altogether according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Sage Sustainable Electronics is launching its TechBank to accept donations of laptops from individuals and businesses in Columbus, transforming them into low cost educational computers for Columbus City Schools students. The Sage TechBank, combined with the generosity of the Columbus community, will work to ensure that every child has a laptop of their own and can complete their education from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Most businesses and many individuals have surplus laptops that they no longer need. These devices may be 4-7 years old, but they have plenty of life left for a student doing schoolwork online. “With a professional refurbisher like Sage safely and efficiently transitioning these devices between original users and our students, we unlock the massive store of idle technology in the Columbus area for the greater good of our community,” said Jill Vaské, president and cofounder of Sage.    

At no cost to the donor, donated laptops and tablets will be cleared of all data and software. Each one is then fully tested, refurbished, cleaned, relicensed with Microsoft Windows, and backed by a one-year warranty. As a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, Sage is authorized to install a new license of Microsoft Windows Pro on each device (or iOS for Apple) for a like-new user experience. Every device is offered for less than half the cost of similar programs. TechBank is available to every Columbus City School student.        

“Together, with the help of our community, we can make Columbus a place where every child has the tools to succeed at school and beyond,” said Vaské.

Sage TechBank Availability
To access a device, go to sagese.com/ccs-techbank and choose “CCS Student.” Fill out the simple form to gain access to a dedicated shopping site for students.

To donate a device, go to sagese.com/ccs-techbank and choose “Donor.” Fill out the simple form to receive instructions on how and where to send your working donated devices, as well as packaging options supplied by Sage.

About Sage Sustainable Electronics
Sage’s mission is to make the world more sustainable by extending the life of electronics. Sage provides IT lifecycle services to businesses large and small, helping them reduce data security risks and operational costs, and increase asset value. Through strategic asset management programs for technology donation, resale, redeployment, lease return, employee purchase, and recycling, Sage creates organization-wide benefits to businesses nationwide.

The Sage GoodTogether® Program supports corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts by redirecting a portion of enterprise and community surplus to benefit a variety of social services and reduce digital exclusion among low income Americans. Sage TechBank is a community donations initiative under Sage’s GoodTogether program, providing essential data privacy services to donors, and community-sourced devices to people in need. For more information, call 844-4SAGESE or visit http://www.sageSE.com.

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