Houlton, Maine - Over the last six months the U.S. Border Patrol's Houlton Sector has donated 87 used computers, monitors and keyboards to various local school districts throughout the state in an effort to provide computer-based learning capabilities to schools that may be without or are lacking the resources to accommodate all students.
On Aug. 18, 2010, the Jackman Station donated 19 computers to the Forest Hills School in Jackman. The Calais Station donated 17 computers to the Alternative Organizational Structure (AOS) for the Eastport, Pembroke and Perry Schools on Aug. 11, 2010. The Fort Fairfield Station donated seven computers to the Easton School system on Oct. 6, 2010 and the Van Buren Station donated 11 to the Van Buren District Secondary School on Nov. 24, 2010.
On Dec. 14, 2010, the Houlton Station donated nine computers to the Hodgdon School system and the Rangeley Station donated two computers to the Farmington Police Department on Dec. 17, 2010. The Rangeley Station also sent 16 computers to the Calais Station, which were donated along with an additional six computers from Calais, to the AOS schools on Feb. 15.
These computers were donated as a part of the Computers for Learning (CFL) Program. The CFL program which includes making modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom, connecting classrooms to the national infrastructure, providing teachers with the professional development they need to use new technologies effectively, and encourage the use of innovative educational software.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.