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Computers for students will do a lot of good

As local public schools have moved their teaching efforts online, many students have found a new way to learn — at home, where they have the technology and connectivity to do so.

But some have not been able to do so. We know the need is great, and solutions have been piecemeal.

A couple of Washington County Career Center students came up with an idea that will make a big difference.

Nick Offenberger and Nathan Long, both of Marietta, are refurbishing donated computers so they can be used by kids who need to complete school work.

Confluence Security and Fraud Solutions donated the cost of the parts (though more donations are welcome), Memorial Health System donated 30 of the laptops (there have been 61 donations so far), but Offenberger and Long have done the lion’s share of the work.

“These two guys have really done incredible work, pulling apart these computers and getting them working and useable,” said Confluence owner David Brown.

Offenberger and Long seem to be enjoying the work.

“It’s fun, but also to give back and help these kids get their school work done,” Offenberger said.

“Really it’s been cool to figure out what’s going on inside, wipe it and install the newest operating system,” added Long.

It is wonderful to see these young men putting work that they love toward the good of our local students. Thank you, gentlemen.

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