Hogan Administration Donates Resources to Bladensburg to Help Modernize Public Schools
535 Computers and Accessories Provided Totaling Over $535,000
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today joined the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI) and Bladensburg Mayor Takisha James to announce the donation of 535 computers and accessories to the Town of Bladensburg in Prince George’s County. The donation is valued at over $535,000. DGS and GOCI are proud to announce this unprecedented event, which marks the first time that an incorporated township has received a donation of this size, through the Federal Surplus Donation program, to benefit the public schools within their jurisdiction.
“Our administration remains strongly committed to leveraging every available resource to help Marylanders in need,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “These computers will serve as tools to help students bridge the digital divide existing in our underserved communities.”
The donation was made possible through General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Surplus Donation program. As the designated Maryland state agency to receive surplus property through the GSA, DGS administers the program, which enables eligible, non-federal organizations to obtain surplus property no longer required by the federal government – at no cost.
“Today’s donation was made possible because of the state’s focused outreach and network-building to deliver surplus property to Marylanders in need,” said DGS Secretary Ellington E. Churchill. “These computers will provide essential access to technology for students and local residents.”
The Town of Bladensburg received 535 Dell desktop computers, including a 24-inch flat screen monitor for each computer and all related accessories. The following public schools, along with the Bladensburg Community Center, received computers:
- Bladensburg High School: 250 Dell desktops,
- Templeton Elementary School: 120 Dell desktops,
- Port Towns Elementary School: 100 Dell desktops, and
- Bladensburg Community Outreach Office: 4 Dell desktops.
The remaining computers were donated to Bladensburg Elementary School, Elizabeth Seton High School, International High School at Langley Park, and Rogers Heights Elementary School.
“On behalf of the Bladensburg Community, I am extremely grateful for the computer donations we received thanks to the generosity of Lt. Governor Rutherford and Secretary Churchill,” said Bladensburg Mayor James. “These donations will ensure that our students have access to online educational tools to enhance their knowledge and cultivate the necessary technological skills to make them competitive in the future.”