Apple Donates Refurbished iPads to Teach for America
Apple is on a philanthropic roll since Tim Cook took the reigns as CEO, not that Steve Jobs didn’t do his share of good for the world, but Apple’s charitable efforts appear to be increasingly visible.
A few days after Cook took office he announced a charitable donation matching program for Apple employees on donations made up to $10,000 and now Apple has donated an undisclosed number of refurbished original iPads to Teach for America teachers. For those unfamiliar with Teach for America it is a program where recent graduates go through a five-week training period before being thrown into some of the toughest, most-impoverished public schools.
The total number of donated iPads is unknown, but every single Teach for America corps member—over 9,000 teachers in 38 states—was offered an iPad. The emails sent out to teachers read, “What could an iPad do for your classroom and your students? Well, we’re asking you to help us answer this question.”
The iPads, passed out over the last few weekends, won’t likely cure many of the ills students in the impoverished schools face, but one inner-city St. Louis High School Science teacher has already figured out how to reward students.
“So far I’ve figured out it can make them finish their work fast for ‘iPad time.’”
It isn’t much, but it’s a start. Also, it should be noted Steve Jobs wife, Laurene Powelle, sits on Teach For America’s board of directors. So maybe we should send our thanks to the Jobs family for this one.