With the G8 Host Committee’s donation of electronic hardware, 12 South Georgia school districts are directly benefiting from the recent G8 Summit held in Sea Island.

According to an announcement by Governor Sonny Perdue, a total of 157 computers, faxes and printers will be dispersed among Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven and Wayne counties.

“Most of those counties were in the vicinity of the G8, and either hosted or participated in the actual event,” the governor’s press secretary, Loretta Lepore, told GlobalAtlanta.

Hewlett-Packard Company, which is based in Palo Alto, Ca., donated 22 computers to the host committee staff. The remaining equipment was purchased by the committee from funds they raised for the summit, said Ms. Lepore.

“I am grateful to our private partners who helped make the G8 Summit a success,” Mr. Perdue said in reference to the private-sector committee members who were the fundraising mechanism for the summit.

“In particular, the host committee helped educate our students about the nature of the summit, and is now providing them additional tools that will serve as a reminder of this historical event,” the governor added.

In collaboration with the Georgia Council on Economic Education and the Georgia Department of Education, the G8 Host Committee helped establish the G8 Education Project, which provided curriculum materials to all of Georgia’s public schools.

“The whole intent was to make students aware of the G8, its history, why it was established and how it related to their every day lives,” Ms. Lepore said.

In addition, the program hoped to foster an understanding of students’ connection to the broader global community and their responsibilities to that community, as well as to encourage students “to step up to the plate,” she said.

For more information, contact Shane Hix in the governor’s office at (404) 651-7774 or shix@gov.state.ga.us.