Mount St. Mary's University
November 26, 2019
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.
This 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.”