New devices heat up classes in Georgia school

By Tim Hoyle DLA Disposition Services

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Students at Alleluia Community School in Augusta, Georgia, were able to start the New Year with some new helpers to aid their learning thanks to the Defense Department’s Computers for Learning program managed by the Defense Logistics Agency.

Twenty-five Amazon Kindle Fire tablets found new life at the school after they were no longer needed by military users. Andy Hatfield, the school’s information technology director, received the units through the DLA Disposition Services site at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and quickly put them to use with the middle school students.

“They are really enjoying math and the new equipment --according to them 'toys,’” Hatfield said. “I was greatly surprised at the speed and quality of the work and effort.”

The school recently purchased a new online math program/app that Hatfield said runs perfectly on the Fire 7. He added that the tablets are also useful with school’s robotics club and their robotics kits.

 “Other teachers are also beginning to use the tablets for simple online research,” Hatfield said. “The … app is also beginning to help our English Language Arts programs as well.”

 Hatfield says the school hopes to acquire some iPads for future robotics work and audio-visual projects if any of the tablets become available.

For Property Disposal Specialist Eric Garris, a DLA Disposition Services employee at Fort Bragg, seeing kids benefit from the work he and his colleagues produce is “one of the most rewarding things about working for DLA” and working with reutilization, transfer and donation programs like CFL.

“Most people in life, aspire to make a difference in this world in some small part,” Garris said. “Moments like this makes me feel like I’m achieving my aspirations.”

The CFL program, one of many RTD programs from DLA Disposition Services operates, was created to provide useful information technology equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations serving grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. The program is designed to streamline the transfer of excess and surplus equipment to schools .For more information, visit the CFL’s website page call the DLA Customer Interaction Center at 877-352-2255.