Foundation Board Member Morris Flewwelling (left), Trustee and Foundation Board Member Bev Manning (middle) and Foundation Board Chair Dave Tilstra (right) present some of the 90 Chromebooks that will be given to local schools so students have better access to technology. (Photo courtesy of Red Deer Public Schools)

Foundation Board Member Morris Flewwelling (left), Trustee and Foundation Board Member Bev Manning (middle) and Foundation Board Chair Dave Tilstra (right) present some of the 90 Chromebooks that will be given to local schools so students have better access to technology. (Photo courtesy of Red Deer Public Schools)

Foundation donates 90 Chromebooks to students in need

As high school students transitioned to online learning this week, Red Deer Public Schools found a way to make the transition easier for children across the city.

The Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools recently donated 90 Chromebooks to lend to students who needed access to technology. The devices are valued at nearly $30,000.

Dave Tilstra, chair of the foundation for Red Deer Public Schools, said supporting students and ensuring they have the tools to learn is key to helping set kids up for success.

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“Chromebooks will continue to be an important resource within schools and now at home. We are thrilled that we have been able to donate this much-needed technology to students who would otherwise go without to ensure they have the best opportunities to continue learning,” he said.

Families who borrow the device from the student’s school will be responsible for ensuring they have wifi connectivity. Students sign-out the device and responsible for its safe return to the school.

“Equity is about fairness. The foundation supports projects that help give kids life chances,” said Bruce Buruma, executive director for the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools.

“Families experience challenges during the best of times, but the past number of months have been tough for many. We know this donation will help ease one burden so students can focus on learning and families can focus on other priorities.”



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