$2 million in equipment and services from Hewlett-Packard
Hewlett-Packard Co. has awarded $2 million worth of equipment, services, training, and cash to 15 schools through its HP High-Achieving Schools program. The grants are designed to provide technology, training, and support to public middle or high schools that serve low-income students and exhibit academic excellence. This year’s program focused on science achievement. The grants, valued at $135,000 each, include an HP Wireless Mobile Classroom that consists of 30 wireless internet-connected computers, housed in a motorized cart. The grants also provide $5,000 to cover implementation and professional development costs.
$1.4 million in support from the Oracle Foundation
The Boys and Girls Club of the (San Francisco) Peninsula has received a $1.4 million grant from Oracle Corp.’s “Help Us Help” Foundation. The grant will provide direct support to the club’s innovative Academic Program, which provides a computer-assisted learning program, homework assistance, and individualized tutoring to students after school. The program was piloted last year at Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula’s Menlo Park Clubhouse, and Oracle’s grant will enable the program to be expanded to the East Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif., clubhouses (and their 400 active participants) by the 2004-2005 school year, program officials said.
Web-based curriculum for all North Carolina schools
Public school teachers and their students across North Carolina will have access to SAS inSchool’s web-based educational curriculum through the 2004-05 school year, thanks to a grant by the Bank of America Foundation. The partnership makes SAS inSchool courses available to all public schools in the state, particularly those that serve grades 8-12.
SAS inSchool, a division of Cary, N.C.-based SAS Institute Inc., creates web-based teaching and learning curricula focusing on the core subjects taught in grades 8-12, including English, social studies, science, mathematics, and Spanish.
State Superintendent of Public Schools Mike Ward said the grant will provide resources many North Carolina schools have never had. “This support by Bank of America and SAS will provide valuable resources to students and schools across our state,” he said. SAS inSchool’s software offers a web-based planning environment for teachers. The material engages students with different learning styles and abilities, inspires students with interactive learning, and is accessible from school and home, company officials said.