COURTESY PHOTO Allyson Walsh, Tewksbury’s Audra Guglietta, Methuen’s David Gill and North Andover’s Colton Fahey dress to support their favorite team in their fourth grade classroom at Saint Michael School.

Haverhill's Julie Walsh, whose daughter Allyson attends North Andover's Saint Michael School, was selected as the winner of Touchdowns for Technology, a contest that awards schools new computers based on how the New England Patriots perform on the field.

Kaspersky Labs, the Woburn-based anti-virus software company that sponsors the contest, stipulates that the selected school would receive one computer, including the monitor, operating system and software for each Patriots touchdown scored in a given week.

Walsh registered for the week the Patriots played the Minnesota Vikings, a game the Patriots won 28-18. The four Patriots touchdowns will equate to four new Dell computers for Saint Michael School.

"I'm thrilled that we've been selected," said Walsh. "New computers will have a major impact on our children's learning."

Walsh registered online for the opportunity to win the drawing. When she was notified of her victory, she declared her daughter's school to be the recipient of the new computers, which will arrive after the 2011 Super Bowl and be used in classrooms throughout the school.

"Saint Michael School works hard to provide students with current technology," Walsh said. "We are extremely thankful for the opportunity."

According to Carrie Kirby, marketing coordinator for the school, parents and Saint Michael staff members "banded together" to encourage as many families as possible to register.

Susan Gosselin, principal of the school, said she'd been hoping for new technology to add to her students' educational experience.

"We asked all families and parishioners to pray to the Patron Saint of Athletics — we don't think there is a Patron Saint of Football — so we could earn many computers for our school," she said. "This is an amazing gift that will have a significant impact on the school."

Saint Michael School is a Catholic school serving Merrimack Valley children through the eighth grade.

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