Computer Donation Program

 (Updated September 2021)  

Do you or your company have old computers (working or not), monitors, printers, flash drives, parts, or other equipment that you don't need any more? We refurbish old computer equipment for M-A students who do not have access to a computer at home, and for use in classrooms.

Since the program started in 1999, the M-A High PTA has supplied over 10,000 computers to deserving students at our local public high schools, plus ten carts - each with 38 laptop computers - to the Science department, about 50 computers for classroom mini-labs, dozens of network laser printers to replace ancient classroom inkjet printers, networking equipment, digital cameras for students in the Digital Photography class, and thousands of USB flash drives for students to save their files to print at school. 

We also provide free software for math, science, and word processing.  Families whose children receive free or reduced-price lunch at school can sign up for Comcast Essentials internet for $10 per month.  More information about this program is available here.  Internet is also available at $10 per month from ATT for families who receive SSI or have a disabled adult in the house, even if they have no school-age children. 

We securely erase all information from the hard drives before loading new software and distributing them.  Donations are tax-deductible and we provide receipts.

We are always looking for these items:

  • • Laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and desktop computers, working or not
    • Projectors to display computer output on a large screen
    • Working flat-panel computer monitors measuring 20" or larger on the diagonal
    • Working cell phones and cell phone chargers
    • Computer RAM (memory) and solid state drives (SSD)
    • Carts to hold quantities of laptop computers or tablets
    • USB flash drives
    • Tax-deductible donations by check to pay for purchased parts such as flash memory drives and wireless network adapters
    • Mice and keyboards with USB (rectangular) plugs or wireless mice and keyboards
    • Hewlett-Packard and Brother laser printers and toner cartridges for our classrooms
    • Networking equipment - switches, routers, wireless network adapters, cables, etc.
    • Digital cameras and camera memory cards for students in our Digital Photography classes
    • Laptop power adapters (chargers)
    • Legal licenses for software:  Microsoft Office and Windows
    • Many other miscellaneous items - please email or call and ask if you have other equipment or software to donate.

We can provide a tax-deductible receipt for anything you donate.  If you need to donate items that we cannot accept (such as ancient computers, inkjet printers, or old-fashioned CRT monitors), you can dispose of them (at no cost to you) at Recology in San Carlos, at most Staples office supply store locations (on a space-available basis), or at the Stanford e-waste center.   

If you have one item (or a truckload!) to donate, please email Sue Kayton at computerdonations@mabearspta.org or phone (not text!) to 650-853-1711. To request donation of a computer, or computer repair, please have your teacher contact Sue via email.

Thank you to our many corporate donors for helping bridge the digital divide. Click on a company's logo to visit their website.


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