Press Release: The Carmel School Robotics Program Teams Up with Tech For Troops for a “Techs-Giving”

For Immediate Release
Date:  November 10, 2020
Contact: Samantha Romano
Director of Admissions and Communications
804-448-3288 x100
The Carmel School Robotics Program Teams Up
with Tech For Troops for a “Techs-Giving”
Ruther Glen, Virginia – The Carmel School, an independent college preparatory, K-12 coeducational school is launching “Techs-Giving,” an event designed to help bridge the “digital divide” for US Veterans and K-12 students. The robotics program will be collecting retired information technology (IT) from families and businesses and then donating it to Tech For Troops where it will be securely data sanitized, upcycled and loaded with Microsoft learning and productivity software, and then delivered to those in need.
Now through November 17, students, and families as well as community members can donate their old and/or non-working desktops, laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, tablets, and cell phones to be securely upcycled or recycled. Drop off is at the school from Tuesday, November 10 until Tuesday, November 17 during the hours of 7:20 until 8:00 am.
“At the Carmel School we believe in participating in community service,” said Ms. Kember Forcke, Robotics & Engineering Teacher. “The school is thrilled to team up with Tech For Troops to positively impact the work they are doing to help veterans,” she continued.
Tech For Troops was started in Richmond, Virginia by a mother and son team who were passionate about military veterans in need. In 2013, after hearing about the force reductions and a huge number of returning soldiers, they decided to collect used PCs and Macs, refurbish them, and provide them to veterans’ support organizations. Since then, Tech For Troops has grown to supporting veterans nationwide and continues to look for ways to offer support and training.
“We are extremely proud to collaborate with The Carmel School on this unique initiative,” said Mark Casper, Executive Director, Tech For Troops. “In our mission to empowering veterans with computers, skills, and information technology (IT) work force training, education is a key component. The support we are receiving from The Carmel School will help us assist veterans support organizations with updated technology and training to veterans in need.”
About The Carmel School
Founded in 1986, The Carmel School provides quality education for over 200 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade and is committed to its goal of academic excellence in a Christian environment.
Situated on 145 acres in Ruther Glen, Virginia, The Carmel School is an independent, college-preparatory, coeducational school.  The school strives to develop a well-balanced student by maintaining a commitment to Christian values.  Students are challenged to grow academically, as well as physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially on their way to becoming responsible citizens. For more information, visit www.thecarmelschool.org.
About Tech For Troops
Tech for Troops is a 501C(3) Non-profit based in Richmond Virginia. We empower veterans with computer, skills, and Information Technology (IT) workforce training, enabling and encouraging veterans to apply for jobs, get online training, start business, manage their VA benefits, and connect with family and friends.