"Green" schools can unintentionally penalize students who don't have computer access. Imagine middle school and high school homework that is distributed solely through Google Classroom, requiring students to complete it and turn in through the same electronic system. If you don't have a computer or access to one, on demand, that student is either behind or scrambling to find a solution. Laptop Upcycle delivers clean, usable laptops to Montclair students to bridge the technology-family income gap.
How Does it Work?
1) Gather Donated Laptops
The constant upgrade cycle (corporate or personal) for computer hardware often results in high quality powerful laptops being replaced. Laptop Upcycle works with its partners and donors to obtain nearly new technology no longer being used for refresh and distribution to our clients in need.
2) Refresh and Update the Laptops
All hardware received via donation is reviewed, tested, and restored to factory fresh condition. Note, the memory and hard drives on received laptops are fully deleted and we can not extract your data for you after donation. For details of our processes, please see our FAQ. Our technicians install an Open Source (Linux) operating system and a core system image (applications) that will support most every need a student may have through High School.
3) Client Matching
Members of the Laptop Upcycle team work with local partners to identify and match students to the appropriate technology solution. Understanding that each situation is different for students and their families, we strive to be sensitive and flexible when pairing a solution.