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Project Summary

Learning To Be The Light (LTBTL) will be accepting new and used computer equipment in order to refurbish it and place it in the home of an eligible Hoover City Schools student.  Eligibility shall be determined by Hoover City Schools, not by LTBTL.  At the minimum, each eligible student's family will receive a Windows® PC, a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse.  In order to receive the PC, the family must have broadband internet access (DSL or Cable Modem).

LTBTL will deliver and setup the PC and go over basic usage with the student's family.  If available, LTBTL will also give the family the following:  printer, wireless router.  For families that have a high school junior or senior, LTBTL will also give the student a laptop, if available, in addition to the PC.

LTBTL is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher.  The PCs we give to the qualifying families will have, when possible, Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business installed on them. LTBTL pays for the licenses with contributions received from the community.  Each Windows 7 license costs $6.00 and each MS Office license costs $6.00 (Total licensing cost per PC/Laptop is $12.00).  All licenses are full licenses that do not expire.  There is no cost to the receiving family.

In order to give the best experience, here are the minimum requirements of any PC given to LTBTL:

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
Processor: Intel Pentium 4, Celeron, AMD Athlon
Hard Drive: 80 gb IDE or SATA
RAM: 1,024 mb (1 gb)
Optical Drive: DVD ROM
Network Card: Ethernet (Wired)
Video: 1024 x 768, 32-bit color or higher

We understand that most people don't know what their systems contain, so a good rule of thumb is that if you're running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, we can use your system.  We will make any upgrades to the system if it falls short of the above requirements.

Restoration media (CDs, DVDs) for computers come in really handy, so if you have them, we can use them.  If not, we will order them from the manufacturer.

Monitors are desperately needed as well.  Due to space constraints, we are only able to accept LCD (flatscreen) monitors, not CRT (tube) monitors.  Monitors must be in working condition, as we do not service them.

Printers will be accepted also, however they must be in good working condition.  Like monitors, we do not service printers.

Working keyboards, mice, hubs, switches, USB hubs, USB cables, will also be accepted.  If you have software you'd like to give, we will accept it also as long as you have uninstalled it from your existing computer and have the license key for it.

If you have equipment that you'd like to give, but are unsure if we can use it, send us an e-mail to info@learningtobethelight.org with details of what you have, and we'll let you know if we can use it. 

Updated 1/2018 - Effective 2018 we will limit the computers we accept to laptops.  Due to no longer having space at Artists on the Bluff, we will no longer be able to have space to store the computers, moniotors, and other equipment.