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Van-Far receives 15 donated computers

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 6:58 am

Brown & James, P.C. (, a full-service corporate litigation law firm, donated more than 30 computer work stations to St. Louis BWORKS, a local non-profit organization, and to the Van-Far R-1 School District in Vandalia.
The Van-Far R-1 School District plans to utilize its 15 donated computers throughout the district this fall for classroom learning and schoolwork, as many of as these computers will be replacing older models. The computers will be used primarily for science room learning in biology, physics, and chemistry. Lab research, quiz taking and physics simulators are planned for the work stations.
The donation value to the school is in excess of $7,000.
In Van-Far, Superintendent Chris Felmlee’s letter sent to Brown & James Law Firm, he said their generosity will help the district be better able to offer students a technology rich learning environment.
“This will be an extreme update,” said Technology Director, Tony Lower.  “This will definitely make the room shine.”
St. Louis BWORKS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for youth to develop their confidence, character, responsibility and teamwork skills through educational programs run by volunteers.  Brown & James, P.C. donated 19 computer workstations to the St. Louis Byte Works program.  This program allows at-risk and low-income children from all over St. Louis to go through a series of computer classes, such as basic programming, safe internet skills and Word processing.  Upon completion of the course, students earn a refurbished desktop computer.  The classes are six weeks long and meet one day a week for two hours.  BWORKS Executive Director, Patrick Van Der Tuin says, “this year we will have approximately 150 students graduate from this program.”
About Brown & James, P.C.
Brown & James, P.C. is a Midwest regional law firm with over 100 attorneys representing companies in litigation, appeals and insurance coverage matters. With offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Mo., Belleville, Ill., and Little Rock, Ark., Brown & James attorneys regularly represent clients in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies throughout Missouri, Kansas, southern Illinois and northern Arkansas. Brown & James is one of the top firms in the Midwest, having been named the “Winningest Defense Firm” the past five years by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly, as well as being named to the 2010-13 Tier 1 rankings of Best Law Firms by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. For more information, visit