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Butte College gives free laptops to student Camp Fire survivors

Butte College is giving students who lost everything in the Camp Fire the chance to get 'reconnected' for free.

Posted: Mar 7, 2019 2:33 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte College is giving students who lost everything in the Camp Fire the chance to get 'reconnected' for free.

Students who lost everything in the Camp Fire got to pick up free laptops Thursday on campus.

Organizers say this is a way for students to not only get schoolwork done but get connected to other services that are available to them.

"They can use them for educational reasons, to continue their education," said Ozzie Serrano, the CEO of Computers for Classrooms. "On top of that, they can apply for services. If they lost their home to the Camp Fire, if they're applying for FEMA, insurance companies, just to stay updated with that. So we figure it's a very important tool to have around." 

"It's very important for students in a college situation to have a computer to be able to do their work, get their assignments, communicate and share information with others," said Tom Onwiler, chief technology officer. 

The Computers for Classrooms project was made possible by donations through the North Valley Community Foundation.

Laptops were handed out until noon on Thursday, but they'll be back at the Butte Campus Center on the main campus next Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

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