Page Clancy ’22 hosted a technology drive to collect used technology at the upper school parking lot for Human-I-T, a not-for-profit organization that refurbishes donated devices and gives them to low-income students Feb. 21.
Human-I-T recycles electronic devices and diverts E-Waste from landfills by transforming it into technology that can be used by underserved communities. The drive collected a variety of items including iPads, laptops, monitors and printers.
Clancy said community engagement with the drive was much higher than she expected, and that it collected twice as many items as they prepared for.
“We ordered two bins and not only did we fill those two bins within the first two or three hours of the drive, but we also had to take two other recycling containers,” Clancy said. “By the time I left, there were computers and printers on the table and we also had lots of monitors on the ground.”
Students donated used technology which they no longer used.
Clancy said the success of the drive prompted her to consider hosting more in the future.
“I was only planning on doing one initially, but then one of the things I realized today, especially as there were a lot of other events going on at the school, was that some people didn’t know that we were having a drive,” Clancy said. “Just thinking about the fact that we were able to have such a large turnout even with a lot of people not being aware, I realized that it would probably be a good idea to have another one in which we reach more people and more families.”
Clancy predicted that future drives could have high turnouts, especially if more people knew about them.
“It would be interesting to make this something that happens annually to create a kind of tradition at the school,” Clancy said. “On the other hand, it would definitely make sense to do it again this year, because what I now realize is that people have so much of this own technology that they’re just letting sit and atrophy in garages and basements that could be very helpful to our communities.”