Lexmark rebuilds school’s computer lab

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Monday, January 6, 2014


AFTER the completion of its newly-renovated computer laboratory, Pardo Extension Elementary School (PELS) officially received yesterday the keys and other educational materials from Lexmark Cebu.

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted yesterday at the PELS grounds, District Supervisor Roquesa Sabejon expressed her thanks to Lexmark, saying the school produces students who are doing well in academics.

“I am proud to say that PELS is one of the best schools in the city in terms of academic standing,” Sabejon said.

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She said the computer laboratory renovation project help the 1,110 students of the school.

Aside from the P375,000 spent for the computer laboratory renovation project, Lexmark also gave away 13 laptop computers and two printers.

These materials will add to the six existing computers of the school given by the Department of Education (DepEd) two years ago.

PELS principal Wilma Villaflor said they will be at ease now that there are more computers that students can use.

“The ratio before was six students to one computer,” Villaflor said.

Mary Yoll Armada, human resource manager of Lexmark Cebu, said they hope that PELS students and teachers “will find the computers helpful and useful.”

Armada said that the renovation of the computer laboratory was one of their projects for the school. She said they are still planning other future projects for the improvement of the school’s facilities.

RL Bandy, president and chief executive officer of Lexmark Research and Development Corp., said that adopting PELS is one of their ways to give back to the Cebuano community. He also said that he “personally wanted the students of PELS to work at Lexmark.”

Other projects by the company for the school are mural painting for the stage, feeding program for students and tutorial sessions conducted by the company’s employee-volunteers.

PELS was adopted by Lexmark Cebu since last June. The company committed to support the school until at least June 2015. (Jave Matugas, USJR Mass Com Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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