$105,000 in equipment from Schering-Plough Corp.
School nurses in Tennessee will get laptop computers, thanks to a donation from a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company. Schering-Plough Corp., headquartered in Kenilworth, N.J., donated 300 refurbished Dell computers as part of its nationwide program to help school nurses treat asthma and allergies. The laptop donation is valued at $105,000, a company spokesperson said. The company, which has Tennessee operations in Memphis and Cleveland, also has created a web site to assist school nurses with respiratory problems. Kirkpatrick Elementary School nurse Andrea Davis received one of the first donated computers from First Lady Martha Sundquist, state Health Commissioner Dr. Fredia Wadley, Rep. Ken Givens, and Tennessee Association of School Nurses official Rebecca Brown. “These computers will give school nurses across Tennessee immediate access to important medical information that will help them better care for our school children,” Sundquist said.
$2 million from the ExxonMobil Foundation
The ExxonMobil Foundation Inc. has awarded $2 million in grants worth $500 apiece to more than 3,700 schools across the country through ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance program. Each $500 grant was awarded to a school nominated by a local Exxon service station. The use of a $500 Educational Alliance grant is left to the discretion of local school officials. Grants may be used to purchase equipment from a school’s “wish list,” set up a program, or fund a special project, for example. According to the foundation spokeswoman Jeanne Miller, many schools plan to use the funds to buy computer hardware and software, digital cameras, scanners, or to upgrade their technology infrastructure.
$50,000 from the Edward E. Ford Foundation
A Saltsburg, Pa., private school for boys has been awarded $50,000 from the Edward E. Ford Foundation to upgrade its technology infrastructure. At the Kiski School, the nation’s oldest boys’ boarding school, every student and faculty member already has a notebook computer that can be connected to the school’s network in classrooms, offices, study halls, and dormitories. Now, with the grant award and $50,000 in matching funds, the private school plans to make more improvements. The funds will help replace and maintain network hardware, such as servers, switches and hubs. “We have one of the most wired campuses in the country, and the grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation will further enhance the high caliber of the Kiski computer network,” said Patricia Kowatch, a school spokeswoman. The Edward E. Ford Foundation’s main goal is to “encourage and improve secondary education as provided by independent schools in the United States.”