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Hey, Vanderbilt: Thanks for the 3,800 computers!

On hand for the presentation of the computers were, from left, Kyle Dufresne, Dell; Joe Steele, Dell; John Lutz, Vanderbilt; John Manning, Jr., Ph.D., MBA, Vanderbilt; Tim Burleson, Dell; Ellen Lehman, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; Keith Durbin, director of Information Technology for Metro Government; Laura Hansen, Metro Nashville Public Schools; Andy Aylor, Metro Government; Zach Moore, Metro Government; and John Williams, Metro Nashville Public Schools. (photo by Anthony Scarlati) Well, the folks up at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have outdone themselves with a very generous donation of 3,800 computers. That's enough computers for two high schools or 10 percent of our elementary school population. It really makes a difference for our families who may not have access to technology at home.

This comes on the heels of a major announcement from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which sponsored a digital inclusion initiative and managed the project with several community partners to coordinate refurbishing, imaging and handing out the computers to economically disadvantaged families from 18 Metro Schools.

The Community Foundation says there are about 54,600 Davidson County homes and about 44 percent of MNPS families who lack Internet access.

What a way to make a dent in that number, Vanderbilt! Thanks again!

Read more about VUMC's donation here.