Old computers make a new, big difference in students' hands

By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ

As your electric cooperative and natural gas utility, CoServ knows the importance of reliability to the point where our Members and Customers rarely have to think about it. In fact, we had 99.993 percent reliability in 2020!

But CoServ may have found its rival in Mercedes Ibarra.

The Sanger High School senior never missed a single day of classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. Talk about reliable – that’s perfect attendance through all 13 years of her educational journey.

CoServ recognized Mercedes’ amazing accomplishment at the Sanger High School award ceremony May 20 by surprising her with a rebuilt laptop computer and accessories. Several other businesses and organizations also showered Mercedes with giveaways and goodies that she can take with her to Southwestern College where she will study health science with pre-athletic training. She will also play softball for the Moundbuilders.

“I was shocked! I wasn’t expecting any of that,” Mercedes said.

“We’re very grateful for the community and especially Sanger High School Principal Jennie Flaa for putting all this together for her,” said Mercedes’ mother Brenda Ibarra. “She was the driving force from the very beginning challenging her to do this.”

And Mercedes wasn’t the only one who received a donated computer. 

David Castillo, CoServ’s Help Desk and Desktop Support Manager, and Whitney Gohlke, Manager of Academic Initiatives, led the initiative to donate CoServ’s computers to the community as they are phased out for new ones.

“We keep our computers in good working order. Because of that, we retire some good quality computers,” David said. “I think they will find a better home in the hands of someone who needs them rather than setting them aside for spare parts.”

In April, CoServ donated 10 laptops to students at Hattie Dyer Elementary School in Krum ISD and 4 to Corinth Elementary School students in Lake Dallas ISD. 

“Our IT department has a big heart for giving back and they just wish they could do this for every kid that needs one,” Whitney said. “We’re so grateful to help these students excel in their studies and equip them with the technology they need.”

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