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(Woburn, MA) – January 14, 2008 –Kaspersky Lab, Inc., a leading developer of Internet threat management solutions that defend against viruses, spyware, hackers and spam, today announces the donation of more than 70 new computers to local under-resourced New England schools through its “Touchdowns for Technology” program in conjunction with the WBCN New England Patriots Radio Network.
- As part of the program, Kaspersky Lab is donating a computer for every touchdown New England scored during their record-breaking 2007-2008 football season to eight under-resourced schools in New England. The eight schools were chosen from hundreds of essays submitted by students, parents, administrators and other community members throughout New England.
- Winning schools will each receive nine HP Presario 2.1 GHz Athlon desktop computers with Microsoft Windows XP Pro, DVD-RW, CD-RW, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive with a three-year license of Kaspersky Internet Security installed and 17-inch wide-screen LCD monitors. The computers will be personally delivered by Kaspersky Lab.
- The selected schools include:
- Thirman L. Milner Elementary SchoolChristian School in Trenton, Maine;
- James F. Leonard Middle School in Lawrence, Massachusetts;
- Pilgrim Area Collaborative Program in Pembroke, Massachusetts;
- Belmont High School in Belmont, New Hampshire;
- Tiverton Middle School in Tiverton, Rhode Island;
- The Dover School in East Dover, Vermont; and
- Sherburne Elementary School in Killington, Vermont.
- In addition to improving local school systems’ technology, the “Touchdowns for Technology” program will also kickoff students’ learning with a presentation on the importance of safe computing while surfing online and visiting popular social networking sites given by Kaspersky as part of the computer delivery.
Steve Orenberg, President, Kaspersky Lab:
“Kaspersky Lab is really thrilled that ‘Touchdowns for Technology’ will have such a direct and meaningful impact on thousands of students at these New England schools. Every touchdown in this incredible Patriots season was even that much sweeter knowing the impact it would have on the kids in our region.”
Mary Frangipane, Principal, James F. Leonard Middle School:
“Kaspersky Lab is known for its dedication to online safety and contributions to security threat education – but it should also now be recognized as a Company that values the importance of education within the classroom. Kaspersky’s gift of a new computer lab for the James F. Leonard Middle School will go a long way to improve the quality of our kids’ education and will help to give them the equal education opportunity they deserve.”
Judy Riggs, Executive Director of the Pilgrim Area Collaborative Program:
“We are all so excited about receiving these new computers and are proud and humbled to be chosen by Kaspersky Lab. I can't tell you what this gift means to an organization like Pilgrim Area Collaborative which is struggling on a limited budget. Our special needs students and teachers have become very dependent on the use of technology to be able to access learning. With technology changing so rapidly it becomes a major financial undertaking to keep up with it. This award will be a big help and we are so thankful to companies like Kaspersky Lab who offer such support for education!”
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