Christmas came in January for first grade students at Charles Drew Elementary School, who were surprised Monday morning with laptops and tablets donated through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Community Benefits Program.
A total of 20 Hewlett Packard Chromebooks and 20 Amazon Fire HD tablets were donated by Webcor and MWH Constructors. The devices will allow students greater access to iRead, a personalized digital reading program designed to help students between kindergarten and second grade close the achievement gap.
“With these laptops and tablets, we hope these students will be inspired to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math careers. These students represent the bright, young future of San Francisco and we want to support and nurture them as they grow into our next generation of leaders,” SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. said in a statement.
The donation represents SFPUC’s continuing effort to provide teachers and local communities with the tools and special curricula to educate the next generation of environmental stewards on how water, power and sewer systems impact their surrounding community.
“When young students have new opportunities like this to engage with their subject matter, they can develop a passion that lasts as lifetime” said Vidrale Franklin, principal of Charles Drew elementary school.