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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The will conduct its next Geek-A-Thon this weekend at the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham.

Sponsored by Cisco Systems and MCNC, this event includes 140 volunteers who will refurbish 200 computers for students in need. About 40 students will receive computers during the event.

Geek-A-Thon is Kramden Institute’s method of streamlining and making uniform the process of computer refurbishing. The process has four steps: Triage (figuring out what the PC needs); Installing and Testing Software; Cleaning; and Final Inspection and Activation.

Kramden has provided more than 6,500 computers to students and others in need throughout the Triangle and North Carolina. The majority for this weekend’s event will be given to students from Durham schools; including those at the Emily K Center, Healthy Start Academy, Holt Elementary, Northern High School and Jordan High School.

Students receiving computers this weekend were nominated by a school administrator or teacher.

Kramden Institute Executive Director Carrie Clark said the organization’s Geek-A-Thons generates excitement as volunteers join forces to help hard-working students achieve their academic potential.

Lauren Gardner, COO at the , said this helps ensure that low-income students have the skills and tools to excel in school and be prepared for college and careers. Added Gardner, “the fact that students, including those in our K to College Model, will receive computers through this Geek-A-Thon will help to make those dreams achievable.”

Joe Freddoso, president and CEO of , said a collaborative effort like this really helps open up new opportunities for North Carolina students and families.

“Technology and connectivity have redefined our society and culture,” Freddoso said. “If we want to create the kinds of high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow while meeting today’s growing workforce demands, we must inspire our students to innovate, and most importantly, give them the tools to do so.”

The event begins today and goes through Sunday at the Emily K Center, 904 W. Chapel Hill Street. Shifts for the event are Friday 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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