updated 3/3/2011 4:17:45 PM ET 2011-03-03T21:17:45

BOISE, Idaho, March 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Syringa Networks CEO Greg Lowe announced that Computers for Kids (CFK) will be the company's community outreach beneficiary in 2011. CFK converts and refurbishes donated computers from individuals and businesses, then licenses them for distribution to students for their home use at low or no cost.

"Computers for Kids is a great fit for our company's charitable work. They reach out to many of the rural communities we serve and help kids become and remain computer savvy in a technological world," said Lowe.

"We're very excited to be working with Syringa Networks," said Molly Wingert, CFK's CEO. "With increased visibility and funds, we can recycle more computers and help more kids."

The CFK program is open to K-14 students as well as non-profits. To get a computer, students pay a $35 processing fee and write an essay on why they want the computer and how they'll use it. Scholarships are available for those students unable to pay the processing fee. "We try to get the kids to take ownership of their computer. They get a full year of tech support, and each year, they're eligible for a 'new' computer," said Wingert.

Tom Luna, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, said, "Access to computers in the school and classroom has become even more important in the 21st century." Luna continued, "There is also a world of educational opportunity available outside of the four walls of the traditional school room. These computers are critical to allow students to expand their learning horizons."

Lowe said, "Our core values include a commitment to education and the communities we serve. The ability to gain access to, and use, technology is paramount to securing our children's future. We commend Superintendent Luna's leadership in working through complex budget issues and his understanding that technology brings the collective knowledge of Idaho's educators to the laptop of every Idaho student. We support his vision and are doing our part to help foster access to technology in rural communities."

Each year, Syringa Networks selects a non-profit organization as a focal point for their community outreach events throughout the year. CFK outreach activities for 2011 will include Syringa Networks annual Charity Golf Tournament. This annual event will help raise money for CFK scholarships used to provide computers to students who are unable to afford the nominal processing fees.

The 2011 tournament has been scheduled for Monday, June 20, at Boise Ranch Golf Course. Both individual and corporate sponsorships are available, as well as hosting foursomes at the event. Any interested parties should contact Jennifer Galdabini at (208) 229-6181 or visit the web page at www.syringanetworks.net/golf  for more information.

About Computers For Kids, Inc.

Computers for Kids, Inc. (CFK) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization formed in 2002 that receives donated computers from individuals and businesses, then refurbishes and licenses them for distribution to students for their home use. As a part of this program, each student's educational needs are considered and software programs are provided to assist them in improving their studies.

CFK offers children an exciting opportunity to gain the necessary high tech skills needed to join the workforce as computer literate adults and navigate in our complex electronic world.

About Syringa Networks

Syringa Networks provides a wide range of networking services throughout the region at speeds from T1-OC192 and Ethernet from 1GB to 10GB, all on a purpose-built, self-healing fiber optic network. Other services include dedicated Internet access (DIA), MPLS, SONET, DWDM, ATM/Frame, fiber-to-the-tower, and network equipment sales.

Syringa Networks is a privately held Idaho corporation and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with additional offices in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and West Valley City, Utah.

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CONTACT: Computers For Kids, Inc.
         Tammy Gardner
         Program Director, CFK
         (208) 345-0346
         8540 W. Elisa Street, Boise, ID 83709
         cfk@cfkidaho.org
         
         Syringa Networks
         Media Contact
         Scott Dike
         (208) 229-6166
         pr@syringanetworks.net

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