BASF donates laptop computers to Gardere Community Christian School

Refurbished equipment provides students with access to technology

BATON ROUGE, LA, May 25, 2012 – BASF’s Geismar, La., site donated twelve Dell Latitude laptops to Gardere Community Christian School. The refurbished computers provide the non-profit organization’s students the opportunity to access critical technology in an educational setting.

“We are so grateful to BASF for providing the computers, something that is a real luxury for our budget,” said Nancy Zito, Executive Director and Principal.

The Gardere Community Christian School began as a tutoring program for at-risk children who lived in the area around Gardere Lane in Baton Rouge. Now, the program is a growing school for first through fourth graders with a mission to make high quality education available to every child and family in the Gardere area regardless of financial circumstances.

The donated laptops will give Zito and her staff different teaching resources that increase the varied ways a student’s individual needs are met. Students also have the opportunity to learn necessary computer skills and complete computer related assignments.

Steve Fox, BASF Geismar Operations Manager for Specialty Amines, approached Zito about donating several laptops to the school after a global technology upgrade at the Geismar site.

“This partnership is a win for both BASF and the Gardere School. Technology is ever improving, and computers have a major impact on our lives,” said Fox. “While these computers no longer met BASF’s technical needs, they will be put to good use at the school, providing the students with technology in the classroom.”

BASF is proud to work with an organization that meets a need in the community. By facilitating a secondary use of BASF equipment, the students at Gardere Community Christian School earn technological rewards.

“The students are already engrossed with the computers. Often, this is their only opportunity to interact with computer technology,” said Zito.