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Apollo High Gets Computers for Lab

September 23, 1998|TONY LYSTRA

Apollo High School has a new computer lab thanks to a local bank--and the state's prison system.

A branch of Great Western Bank, now Washington Mutual, donated the lab's 20 computers, school officials said.

The used computers first went to the Detwiler Foundation, a San Diego-based organization that partners with the state corrections system to provide refurbished computers to schools, said Fred Rios, Detwiler's operations manager.

The foundation sends donated computers to 17 corrections facilities around the state for repairs, Rios said. The Apollo computers were donated to Detwiler with the understanding that they would go to a Simi Valley school, he said.

Apollo isn't the only school in Simi Valley to get computers from the foundation.

Royal High School received 66 machines last year. Santa Susana Elementary, Park View Elementary, Crestview Elementary and others have received 133 machines from Detwiler since 1995, Rios said.

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