IBM is donating 60 computers, software, furniture and training for teachers as part of its continuing support for North Carolina’s “More At Four” pre-kindergarten program.

The donation was announced by Gov. Mike Easley.

The contribution of the “Young Explorer” computers brings to $850,000 in value the equipment, hardware and services given by IBM.
“Over the past three years we have had an excellent partnership with Governor Easley, the More at Four initiative and the public school districts throughout North Carolina,” said Nicole Pride, IBM manager of community relations in Research Triangle Park, in a statement. “Our goals are one in the same, to reach the students who fall into the ‘digital divide’ category and give them an edge by introducing them to technology and learning opportunities early in their lives.”

Schools will receive the equipment based on need.

“In the last three years, IBM has donated more than $850,000 in equipment and training, including more than 380 computers, to More at Four,” Easley said. “IBM is investing in our young students and their future by enhancing our state’s pre-kindergarten program with child-friendly technology.”