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Help kids learn by giving them your TV — for an e-waste drive

Loomis Basin Education to raise funds through recycle drive
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Outdated electronic junk that is just sitting in garages and storage rooms can be transformed into cash for local schools. The Loomis Basin Education Foundation is hoping spring cleaning at homes and offices will generate donations of unwanted electronics items that can be turned in at the upcoming e-waste drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the parking lot of Loomis Grammar School. Laurie and Lucian Gruia, parents of children at Franklin Elementary School, own Test World, Inc., a Rocklin business that buys, refurbishes and then resells servers and computer equipment for electronic testing, storage and networks. “We purchase electronic equipment that is no longer needed by companies or an entire lot of what comes from satellite offices a company closes,” Laurie Gruia said. “We cleanse the units, take them back to factory settings and then are able to resell them, saving buyers 70 to 80 percent. It’s also a very green way of recycling,” Lucian Gruia said. The Gruias plan to donate some of their unwanted electronic equipment to the e-waste drive. “It’s good to know the donations will be helping the students,” Laurie Gruia said. According to David Beseler, president of the Education Foundation, money raised from the e-waste drive will be used to fund the district’s physical education program. “The district lost the state grant that pays for one of our four physical education teachers that work at six of the district schools. The Foundation plans to provide matching funds from parent donations to cover the cost,” Beseler said. Carolyn Petree, Education Foundation treasurer, said last year the group presented a check for $52,406 to the Loomis Union School District to save the district PE program. Petree said, “The money bridged the gap in the current school year budget to fully fund the PE program. The money was raised during the Foundation’s “23 for PE” campaign held last spring.” Petree said $27,000 was raised from the campaign and the remaining $26,000 was matched by the Education Foundation from previous fundraising. Petree said during the e-waste drive, donors can take advantage of “drive-through” drop off, with volunteers standing by to help unload items. According to Petree, the e-waste drive is sponsored by CEAR Inc., California Electronics Asset Recovery, a state-approved electronic waste collector and recycler. She said for optimal security, CEAR completely shreds all computer hard drives and the secure facility is monitored 24/7 by surveillance cameras. Electronic devices that will be accepted during the drive include monitors, televisions, desktop or notebook computers, VCRs, stereos, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, digital cameras, zip drives, telephones, cell phones, video game consoles, printers/copiers, laser and multi-function peripheral, scanners and fax machines. Hair dryers and small kitchen appliances like blenders, mixers, and toasters will also be accepted. They will not accept household appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators and microwaves. Furniture, hazardous household waste, including fluorescent light bulbs, car batteries and paint also won’t be accepted. For more information, visit the Education Foundation website at lbef.net. ---------------- E-WASTE DRIVE Who: The Loomis Basin Education Foundation to benefit the seven schools in the Loomis Union School District When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 9 Where: Loomis Grammar School parking lot, 3505 Taylor Road What: Collecting old computers, TVs, monitors, cell phones, gaming systems, stereos, keyboards, printers, fax machines, scanners, hair dryers, small kitchen appliances such as blenders, toasters. More information: lbef.net