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November 13, 2006



Seniors at the Fort Kent Senior Citizens Center are seen using desktop computers recently donated to the Center by the University of Maine at Fort Kent.


The University of Maine at Fort Kent has donated a total of 18 computers to the Fort Kent Senior Citizen Center and to the MSAD #27 Adult Education program to encourage adult and senior citizen computer literacy.

UMFK's Instructional Technology department donated the computers last week. A ceremony and demonstration of the computers will take place on Wednesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center, Frenchville Road, in Fort Kent.

Representatives from UMFK, the MSAD #27 Adult Education in Fort Kent, and the Fort Kent Senior Citizens council are expected to be on hand for the ceremony. The senior center received eight computers.

UMFK has donated everything necessary that a person would need to use a computer - a central processing unit (CPU), monitor, keyboard, mouse, and all necessary power cables.

The donated computers are Toshiba desktops with 15-inch CRT monitors. The CPUs are 350 MHz, with 128 megabytes of RAM, and 10 gigabyte hard drives. Each computer is installed with a Windows 98 Second Edition operating system.

The 18 computers have a value of approximately $2,700.

UMFK work study students, Scott Hale of Caribou, Justin Ballou of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire and Scott Wright of Fort Kent assisted the Instructional Technology department with the project by working to get the computers ready for use in adult literacy and senior learners' homes.