Facebook To Donate Computers To RCS During FC Owls Game

Facebook To Donate Computers To RCS During FC Owls Game
Posted on 07/28/2011
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New Program Extends Going G.L.O.B.A.L. Initiative to Fifth Graders for First Time, Community Invited to Join Celebration


(Rutherford Co.) - July 26, 2011 - Facebook will donate ten computers to Rutherford County Schools on Thursday during ‘Facebook Night’ with the Forest City Owls.  


The school system has identified ten rising fifth graders to use the computers next year.   At the end of the year, the computers will be retooled and then loaned to the next batch of fifth graders.  

The program -- known as “Fifth Grade Frontiers” -- extends the school system’s Going G.L.O.B.A.L. initiative, which provides a computer to all sixth through twelfth graders.  

Facebook data center manager George Henry and Rutherford County School Superintendent Dr. Janet Mason will make the donation to the students and their principals on the field during “Facebook’s Computers and Corn Dogs Night” with the Forest City Owls on Thursday, July 28 at around 5:30pm.  

Facebook is also inviting the community to be part of the celebration.  The first 200 people to arrive at the gate and know the password, “Facebook likes Rutherford County,” will get in free.   

“Facebook is about connecting people and sharing information,” said Henry.  “We’re privileged to be working with Rutherford County Public Schools and proud to help talented young people explore and learn through computers.  Frankly, I hope they’ll teach me something!”

Dr. Mason added, “We are very excited about our partnership with Facebook and the opportunity to provide computers to ten of our fifth grade students.  Going G.L.O.B.A.L. has been very successful in our middle and high schools, and we believe our ‘Fifth Grade Frontier’ group will lead the way in our elementary schools.  We look forward to a strong partnership with Facebook and their continued support of Going G.L.O.B.A.L.”

Grant Applicants Swing for the Fences

The Facebook-Rutherford Community Action Grants have also stirred excitement.  So far, the evaluation committee -- composed of Facebook and community representatives -- has received around 30 applications for a portion of the grant program’s $200,000.  

The deadline for applications is July 31.   Local 501c3 organizations, schools, and colleges can find more at a new tab on the Rutherford Data Center Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RutherfordDataCenter

Meantime, Facebook reps encourage local nonprofits to make the most of the company’s nonprofit guide at http://www.facebook.com/nonprofits.

Construction continues apace at Facebook’s $450 million data center near Forest City, and will wrap up in early 2012. Many construction subcontractors are still hiring qualified applicants. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/RutherfordDataCenter.

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