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March 29, 1996

Dear Colleague,

The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project is pleased to announce its support for Tech Day '96 and the First National Conference on Computer Recycling and Mentoring on April 27 and April 29, 1996. The two events are sponsored by the Lazarus Foundation, the National Computer Recycling/Mentoring Association (NCRMA) and Microsoft Corporation.

Tech Day '96, held on Saturday, April 27, will have participants work together in a day of training on recycling, culminating in the placement of 200 refurbished machines in local public schools and neighborhood learning centers throughout the region. The computer recycling conference, held on Monday, April 29, will bring individuals and organizations interested in providing recycled computers to recipient organizations together in a collaborative effort for the region. Both of these sessions will be held at the National 4-H Headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Because of the importance we place on this initiative, the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, in conjunction with the Morino Institute, has established an electronic forum and a KnowledgeWay Action Team whose members are involved in recycling efforts throughout the region. The team's charter, in conjunction with NCRMA, is to bring awareness and a structured framework and guidance to grass roots recycling programs; to allow for the exchange of best practices; and to work together to find new solutions for common challenges.

We urge you to attend Tech Day '96 and the charter National Conference on Computer Recycling and Mentoring and to consider donating used computer equipment you have in your office or home.

We have included a short discussion paper on the importance of computer reclamation for companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. We have also included contact information for computer recycling organizations in the region should you have machines you wish to donate.

There is no charge for participation in Tech Day '96, but you should register before April 20 to ensure space. Conference fees for the Monday session are $75 for employees of corporations, $50 for government and nonprofit representatives, and $25 for teachers and students. For further information or to register for the conference, please contact Don Bard by phone (410-740-0735) or email (ebard@aol.com) or Kevin Dolan by phone (301-229-7391) or email (kevindo@microsoft.com).

We hope to see you on April 27 and April 29 at these important events for the future of our youth and our region.

Sincerely,


Mario Morino
Chairman


Enclosure

Potomac KnowledgeWay Computer Recycling Action Team

We are in the midst of a communications revolution that is changing the way our families learn, work and live. The effects of this revolution will be felt by everyone, but particularly by families in economically disadvantaged areas who may not have access to computers and the medium of networked interactive communications. The Computer Recycling initiative is one approach to provide access to this new medium to individuals with limited resources.

The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project has organized an Action Team to bring together computer recycling groups in the region. The purpose of the Team is to make organizations aware of the benefits of computer reclamation. Working through community-centric organizations, the recycling groups are able to provide access to knowledge and opportunity for underserved groups. For more information, visit the Crossroads website (http://knowledgeway.org) and choose "Programs" to learn more about the Computer Recycling Action Team. For a more complete set of information on computer recycling resources, please visit the National Computer Recycling/Mentoring Association webpage:

http://www.cgcs.org/ncrma

We urge businesses, government agencies and individuals to become involved in these efforts. Computer recycling groups welcome donations (typically IBM-compatible 286s and higher, and higher-end MACs) and are able to refurbish these machines and give them to schools or neighborhood learning centers.

Please contact the following groups directly if you have equipment you would like to donate:

Computer Recycling Organizations Headquartered Within the Region

Computer Reclamation, Inc.
Michael Wiggins
912 Thayer Avenue
Suite 210
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4570
Tel: 301-495-0280
Email: comprec@tnt.org

Fairfax County Public Schools
Second Chance Program
Bob Kelly
10700 Page Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: 703-246-4542
Fax: 703-591-6442
bkelly@morino.org

Gifts in Kind America
Veronica Connelly
700 North Fairfax Street
Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 703-836-2121, ext. 41
Fax: 703-549-1481
Email: ProductDonations@GiftsInKind.org

Lazarus Foundation
Don Bard
10378 Eclipse Way
Columbia, MD 21044
Tel: 410-740-0735
Fax: 410-740-0735
Email: ebard@aol.com

Computer Recycling Organizations Headquartered Outside the Region

The National Cristina Foundation
591 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Tel: 800-274-7846
Fax: 203-622-6270
Email: ncfnasd@gteens.com
72520.2713@compuserve.com
ncfusa@aol.com

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