Power Backup Should Lightning Strike Our Laptops Again
The cost of 2 Belkin Enterprise Series 1100VA UPS units from CDW, Inc. is $337, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
New York City Public School 56 Queens is a Title I school with a student body of approximately 70% eligible for free lunch. Our school had the good fortune to be rewired for Internet connectivity and we were fortunate to receive a grant for wireless laptops! Our fifth grade students work online with up to 8 laptops at our desks (and we never take that privilege for granted). Power runs out fairly quickly so we often have to plug our laptops into outlets to maintain power so that we can continue working.
The wall outside our classroom was actually once hit by lightning requiring the replacement of wiring and surge protectors (luckily) and causing a power outage. We've learned from that experience and would love to be able to protect our work with battery backup long enough to save all our work and shut down our machines safely. Now that there is hardware that offers protection for computers against blackouts and brownouts, we're hoping to be funded by Donors Choose in order to acquire this great new equipment.
Hopefully lightning will NOT strike twice, but should it happen, we'd like to be prepared! We'd avoid losing valuable student work and it would be an excellent lesson to the students on how to work efficiently and carefully in this digital age.
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