BUMED gives back to D.C. schools

By Capt. Mae Pouget, Navy Medicine Diversity Officer

Adonis Furbert a procurement technician at the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery demonstrates setting up computers donated by BUMED for Natalie Gordon, principal at Jefferson Academy in Washington D.C. (U.S. Navy Photo by Capt. Mae Pouget)

As the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) prepares for base realignment and closure (BRAC), spring cleaning and equipment turn-over is being completed. Out-dated or damaged equipment is usually sent to the Defense Reutilization Marketing Services.

After doing some research, Anthony Frabutt, a procurement technician at BUMED, and a member of the tutoring team found out that old equipment could be donated to schools. For two years BUMED staff has been providing math and science tutoring to students of Jefferson Middle School and The Jefferson Academy in Washington D.C. Jefferson Middle School is a full service model school for grades seven and eight.  The Jefferson Academy at Jefferson Middle School is an “International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme” for grade six.

“Although, this is a lengthy process, which probably deters many commands from taking advantage of this program, I felt the computers would be better used at Jefferson,” Frabutt said.  Twenty laptop, and 12 desk top computers were donated to Jefferson Middle School March 29, 2012.