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Tech company donates 225 devices to school

February 20, 2019
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A Grand Rapids tech company has given 225 electronic devices to a school in the area.

Tech Defenders donated 200 Chromebooks and 25 iPads to San Juan Diego Academy in Wyoming last week, replacing outdated desktops and laptops and allowing every student in the school to access the online curriculum.

“I am really impressed with what San Juan Diego Academy is doing — how the school transforms families and is making a real change in the community,” said Garry VonMyhr, founder, Tech Defenders. “We are committed to repurposing mobile devices and keeping them out of landfills.”

Until now, the school had been sharing 30 Chromebooks among nearly 200 children and operating a computer lab with technology than a decade old, said Rick Muñiz, principal, San Juan Diego Academy.

“The donation will allow every child computer access throughout the day, and the iPads will be utilized in the early grades when young children learn best using the tactile touch screen,” Muñiz said.

“Technology is necessary as part of any learning environment, but is also very expensive, so we are very excited and grateful for this partnership.”

Tech Defenders has seen significant growth since it was founded in 2015. Last month, the company expanded into a new facility in Grand Rapids, at 601 Maryland Ave. NE, investing $2.7 million in the project.

It provides IT asset disposition and electronics repair services to high-volume education and enterprise customers.

The company offers end-to-end lifecycle services designed to minimize maintenance costs and maximize the recovery value of aging and obsolete technology.

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