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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: September 14, 2009
4:30 p.m.

CON EDISON, PER SCHOLAS RECYCLE COMPUTERS FOR KIDS IN TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

NEW YORK - Con Edison and Per Scholas – a nonprofit organization that provides free and affordable technology to New Yorkers – are donating hundreds of reconditioned computers to city kids just in time for the start of school.

Con Edison is a major supporter of community-based environmental efforts. Since 2008, the company has supplied more than 6,000 pieces of computer-related electronics to Per Scholas. Much of the equipment coming from Con Edison is recycled for area students. Per Scholas provides free computing resources for selected Title I middle schools and makes available low-cost equipment options for purchase at its on-premise store in the Bronx.  

Con Edison is also providing support for the organization’s “20,000 Children by 2012” campaign, which, between 2009 and 2012, aims to distribute free home computers along with training and technical support to 20,000 low-income middle school students from all five boroughs.

“The company believes that by having access to information technology, New York students will have greater opportunities,” said Frances A. Resheske, senior vice president of Public Affairs at Con Edison. “Our goal is to give students 21st century tools to develop their academic and leadership skills.”

“Not having access to computers denies students the information and skills required to excel at school, in higher education, and the job market,” said Per Scholas President and CEO Plinio Ayala. “Per Scholas, with the support of partners like Con Edison, has been instrumental in helping low-income families to bridge the digital divide that leaves so many behind.”

Per Scholas is an environmentally responsible nonprofit organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing education, technology, and economic opportunities to low-income communities. In addition to distributing recycled computers to underserved students, teachers, seniors, and families, the Per Scholas Institute for Technology teaches technical skills to unemployed and underemployed local residents. Per Scholas currently operates out of locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn in New York.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $14 billion in annual revenues and $34 billion in assets.  The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.  For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s Web site at www.conEd.com.

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