Oct. 18, 2013
By Tara Cavanaugh
JD Retzer is something of a technology whiz –– he has been programming computers since he was in the third grade.
He’s taken his talent and decided to make a unique donation of fixed-up computers to AAPS families in need.
As part of his Eagle Scout service project, JD donated a total of 12 computers between Abbot, Pittsfield, Eberwhite, Pioneer and Community this week. The refurbished machines are outfitted with office and antivirus software as well as a web browser.
“So when the families get them, they can plug them in and the computers are all ready to go,” the 17-year-old said.
JD’s mother, Debbie Retzer, is proud of her son. “He saw that a lot of people threw away computers. They were working computers, they just weren’t the newest thing, and they maybe had some parts that weren’t working,” she said. “It was pretty easy for him to refurbish them and make them useful for somebody who wouldn’t otherwise have a computer.”
After making his project known to the local tech community, JD received an anonymous donation of 12 Windows XP licenses on his doorstep. Those licenses enabled him to install the operating software on the 12 computers he gave to AAPS families.
“We know not all families have their own computers at home,” said Abbot Principal Pam Sica. “We really appreciate this donation. We have families who will definitely benefit from JD’s thoughtfulness.”