BLACKFOOT —The Idaho Central Credit Union donated 29 used computers, keyboards and microphones to the Irving Kindergarten Center in Blackfoot.
Monday, students attended an assembly to thank Kent Oram, Chief Executive Officer of ICCU, for this contribution.
The computers will be used for a literacy program that helps students learn names, rhyming, letters and sounds and to read three-letter words.
"The ICCU is owned by its membership and giving back is part of who we are," he said. "Computers used at the ICCU are put out of production. The computers are rotated every three years or so. The credit union probably has 40 or 50 used computers every quarter [that could be given away]."
Oram said ICCU has given computers to Idaho State University but this is the first time the credit union has donated used computers to schools.
"Maybe we will need to make a schedule for donations to schools," he said.
Oram graduated from Blackfoot High School as did Corey Dahle, vice president of consumer lending in Blackfoot. Dahle and his wife, Shannon, were instrumental in getting the computers to the Irving Kindergarten Center.
"We are very excited to have the computers," said Allysse Bingham, Irving Kindergarten Center principal. "Our other computers were old and outdated. The new computers will allow all 350 students to participate during the full computer session without the complications we had last year."