Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus and TechUsed will collect used desktop computers, laptops, monitors, hard drives and other computing equipment on Saturday, April 4.

Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus and TechUsed will collect used desktop computers, laptops, monitors, hard drives and other computing equipment on Saturday, April 4.

The items will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TechUsed, 4231-H Leap Road in Hilliard.

The donated computers will be refurbished and distributed to approximately 75 Franklin County Habitat families in need of home computers.

Black desktop monitors and Pentium 4 processors are most needed, but all donations are appreciated, according to the announcement. Computer equipment does not have to be in working order to be donated. TechUsed will securely destroy all data files on donated equipment as a part of refurbishing to ensure privacy of any stored information.  

Donated computers that may be beyond repair will be disassembled, destroyed and environmentally recycled to divert harmful computer materials such as lead, mercury and PCBs from our local landfill.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of any recycled materials also benefits Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus and helps to purchase software programs for the refurbished computers.

After being refurbished, computer equipment is delivered to Habitat families' homes throughout Franklin County. Habitat staff and volunteers assist families with setting up the computer and provide training to family members on how to use the new equipment.

"As a business owner and recycler of computer equipment and other electronics, I am pleased to be able to give back to the community in this way," TechUsed president Ron Bragg was quoted as saying.

In exchange for a donation of computer equipment, donors will receive a 25-percent discount off of up to a $500 purchase of new or reusable home improvement materials at Habitat's ReStore, 3140 Westerville Road in Columbus. TechUsed will provide donors with a 10-percent discount coupon good for purchases at the TechUsed resale store where the public can shop for refurbished electronics such as computers and televisions.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 4850 Haughn Road, will have a full week of services for Holy Week, April 5-12.

On Palm Sunday, April 5, there will be a Procession of the Palms by the church's children during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

On April 9 at 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Worship Services will be held with Holy Communion.

On April 10, Good Friday services will be at 7 p.m. with a drama titled "Have You Seen My Son?" The drama tells the story of Jesus' last week. The choir will sing special music accompanied by Annette Devores on flute.

Easter Sunrise Service will be at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 12, with a full choir performing. The service will be followed by Easter breakfast. A Resurrection Worship Celebration is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Both the Trinity Bells and the Chancel Choir will perform at the 10:30 worship service. Everyone is welcome.

For additional information, call 875-7298.

The Franklin Height High School Symphonic Band received a "superior" rating at the recent Ohio Music Educators Association District Concert Band Competition.

The event was held Saturday, March 7, at Groveport High School.

This rating allows the FHHS Symphonic Band to move on to the OMEA State Concert Band Competition, which will be held the last weekend of April.

The 2008-09 recipient of the PTA Helping Hands Award at Buckeye Woods Elementary School is Shelby Wolfe.

She is vice president of the Parent Teacher Association, in charge of hospitality.