Under a program created by Rep. Bill Redmond, R-N.M., school districts that can’t afford computers will receive surplus machines from the Department of Defense.

Called SEEDS, for Shared Electronic Equipment District and Statewide, the program funnels computers gathering dust in government warehouses to New Mexico schools in need. Redmond located the computers through the Defense Department’s surplus property program.

Taos became the first of the state’s districts to benefit from the program. On March 18, Taos received 150 computers at a total value of $200,000. The Army National Guard donated transport of the equipment via cargo planes already en route to the state.

Deliveries to New Mexico schools are expected to continue every few weeks until all districts in the state have received computers.