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No tricks, just treats for Utah schools



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WEST JORDAN -- Pumpkins, skeletons and dozens of other students showed off their costumes at the traditional Westvale Elementary School Halloween parade. This was a fun spectacle, but it wasn't the only one.

Teachers welcomed a Halloween treat that was rolled into their front lobby. It's a printer worth thousands of dollars, and it cost the school nothing.

GE Healthcare is phasing in new technology at its Utah centers and had 135 printers the company no longer needed. Rather than warehouse them or sell them, the company delivered and donated them to elementary and high schools.

"We don't always have the opportunity to give real tangible assets," said GE facility manager Bernie Spriggs. "So, this was kind of a special event."

When Spriggs rolled it into Westvale Elementary, Principal Becky Gerber noted that it was bigger than the table which supports their current printer.

"We're just excited to get it hooked up and get it running," she said.

Reaction has been much the same at all the schools that received these donated printers. Educators say during tough budget times, school supplies and high tech items are often the first to go.

They hope other companies will remember schools when they upgrade or have excess equipment.

E-mail: dwimmer@ksl.com

Nadine Wimmer

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