PCs for Schools – An Accountant’s Perspective

It’s no secret that schools are struggling to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of technology. More and more, students are being asked to use computers and tablets in their everyday learning, but many schools simply can’t afford to provide these tools for every child. That’s where PCs for Schools comes in. PCs for Schools is a non-profit organization that refurbishes used computers and donates them to schools in need. I recently had the opportunity to speak with the founder of PCs for Schools, and here’s what he had to say.

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Why Refurbish?

One of the first questions I had for the founder was why refurbish used computers instead of just buying new ones outright? He told me that it’s all about cost. A new computer can cost upwards of £500, but a refurbished one can be had for a fraction of that price. Not only that, but by refurbishing used computers, we’re keeping them out of landfills and giving them a second lease on life. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

How It Works

So how does PCs for Schools go about refurbishing these computers? First, they make sure to wipe the hard drive clean so that there is no sensitive data left on the machine. Then, they install a fresh copy of the operating system and all the necessary drivers. Once that’s done, they load it up with basic software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader. Finally, they give it a once-over to make sure everything is in working order and ship it off to the school.

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how you can help. The answer is simple – donate your old computers! If you have any laptops or desktop computers that you’re no longer using, consider donating them to PCs for Schools.

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