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Students receive free computers through Multnomah County, nonprofit partnership

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Kayla Wilson received a free computer through a Multnomah County/Free Geek partnership. (Photo: Jessica Morkert-Shibley) Kayla Wilson received a free computer through a Multnomah County/Free Geek partnership. (Photo: Jessica Morkert-Shibley)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Eight students received free computers Wednesday as part of a partnership between Multnomah County and nonprofit group Free Geek. 

"This is really a win-win-win for equity and helps bridge the digital divide in our community," said John Wasiutynski, director of the county’s Office of Sustainability. "And Free Geek doesn't just provide a computer. They teach you how to use it."

The computers are just a portion of an estimated 1,500 surplus computers, laptops, tablets and monitors the county's Department of Assets will donate to Free Geek.

At Wednesday's event, the computers were presented to the students by county Commissioner Loretta Smith. Staff from Geek Works also conducted a hands-on demonstration of a laptop refurbishing task. 

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