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Mount Donates 25 Refurbished Laptops in Service Learning Project

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Eric Fierro, C’21

Several Mount students and faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science spent their fall break in service of others—refurbishing and retrofitting 25 laptop computers to be donated to Delone Catholic High School.

delone-catholic-refurbished-laptops.jpgThis is the second year the Mount donated laptop computers to local K-12 schools. Last year, a total of 30 refurbished and retrofitted laptop computers were donated to Rosemont Elementary/Middle School and St. Frances Academy, both in Baltimore, and Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg.

Eric Fierro, C’21, was happy to help again this year. “My job was to replace some of the interior of the computer and clean the inside, like the fan, so the computer doesn’t overheat.” He says he has fun at the Mount and there are plenty of options and opportunities to get involved with clubs, events and service projects.

“What’s important about a project like this is being able to learn while helping others,” said volunteer Mia Pittman, C’20. The cybersecurity major and data science minor dismantled, cleaned, labeled and installed Windows 10 onto the computers. Psychology major Zenabu Mohammed,C’20, and biology major Christine Ngandu, C’23, also gave their time and talent. “Not only did I feel like this opportunity tremendously helped the high school students from Delone,” Pittman said. “It also helped me gain new knowledge about internal components of a computer.”

This month, Professor Elizabeth Monahan, director of the Center for Catholic School Excellence, and Barbara Marinak, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, delivered the laptop computers. Delone Catholic High School Principal Richard LaRocca said the computers would support the school’s technology education curriculum and be used in engineering, drafting and architectural design classes. “My staff is very excited about the possible applications of these devices,” he said.

The relationship between the Mount and Delone Catholic High School is rooted and established. Many Delone graduates attend and have graduated from the Mount, which offers guaranteed admission to Delone students who meet certain criteria. Last week Delone held their annual senior retreat at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, and a group of upperclassmen spent the day at Mount St. Mary's Seminary.

“I believe that Mount St. Mary’s and Delone Catholic High School are deeply committed to the ideals of service and personal growth,” LaRocca said. “We both have very strong Catholic identities and it is that identity that motivates us to do the work that we do, all for the greater glory of God.”

These types of experiential service learning projects demonstrate the Mount’s commitment to student success and graduating ethical leaders who lead lives of significance in service to God and others. A recipient for next year’s donations has not been selected, but the project is expected to expand.