GARY | Ann Kalayil, regional administrator of the General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region, was joined by Principal Cassandra Cruz and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson as she unveiled the laptop computers being donated by the federal agency to Grissom Elementary School.
Grissom secured the laptops after successfully applying to GSA’s Computers in Learning Program, which transfers computers and related equipment excess to the government's needs directly to schools and some nonprofit educational organizations.
“We thank GSA for developing a program that will benefit our youth in the area of technology,” said Freeman-Wilson. “They are our future leaders and need access to these tools as early as possible.
"I also applaud Principal Cruz for going after these opportunities on behalf of Grissom students.”
The General Services Administration donated 57 laptops that will be used in various classrooms throughout the school. The laptops are being programmed with software that coincides with grade levels kindergarten through 5.
Kalayil, who worked in Information Technology Services at the University of Chicago prior to her GSA appointment in 2011, shared information about the Computers in Learning Program and commended the mayor for continuing to partner with federal agencies to identify benefits for Gary residents.