Apple, Ellen, and Michelle Obama Team Up to Donate Macs and iPads to Washington D.C. Elementary School

Apple, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and former first lady Michelle Obama have teamed up to donate Macs and iPads to Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington, D.C., a school with a high percentage of low-income students.


Apple's donation includes iMacs for the school, a MacBook Air for each teacher, and an iPad for each student. The school is also receiving a $100,000 cash donation and a new basketball court from Ellen.

"Every child deserves the opportunity to create something that can change the world," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.


The donation was part of day one of Ellen's "Greatest Night of Giveaways," which will continue to air on NBC for the next two nights.

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7 weeks ago
This is a nice thing they're doing.

Waiting to see if the complaining crowd somehow finds a way to paint this as a bad thing. And sad that I've come to expect that here.
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7 weeks ago
Sounds good, but public schools shouldn't rely on private donations. It's a band-aid, not a fix.
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Waiting to see if the complaining crowd somehow finds a way to paint this as a bad thing. And sad that I've come to expect that here.


Do you have to post a comment like this on every charity article?
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7 weeks ago


This is a nice thing they're doing.

Waiting to see if the complaining crowd somehow finds a way to paint this as a bad thing. And sad that I've come to expect that here.


Stop complaining about complainers! It sounds like you should stop visiting this forum section

It is nice that they are doing this. There should be more of this, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be with Apple products
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7 weeks ago

Stop complaining about complainers!

Stop complaining about people complaining about the complainers.
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Negative comments in 3...2...1...
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This is a nice thing they're doing.

Waiting to see if the complaining crowd somehow finds a way to paint this as a bad thing. And sad that I've come to expect that here.


Sounds good, but public schools shouldn't rely on private donations. It's a band-aid, not a fix.


I work in IT for a public school district. In 5 minutes of light thought, I see 3 issues with this: do they have the wireless & internet infrastructure to support this influx of technology?

Second, what's the replacement cycle for the Macs & iPads? Is there room in the school's/district's budget to replace them when they get old? Or will the students & staff have to use the iPads until the iPads die, and hope that some celebrity/company will buy them new ones?

Also, who provides the training, IT management, etc.?

Like I said, this is 5 minutes of light thought. Who knows what other problems will arise?
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Do you have to post a comment like this on every charity article?


I don't; I think that's it's a nice gesture. However, they only talk about the student/community facing aspect about it. I have to wonder if the behind-the-scenes infrastructure is supported, and how sustainable this is.
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I work in IT for a public school district. In 5 minutes of light thought, I see 3 issues with this: do they have the wireless & internet infrastructure to support this influx of technology?

Second, what's the replacement cycle for the Macs & iPads? Is there room in the school's/district's budget to replace them when they get old? Or will the students & staff have to use the iPads until the iPads die, and hope that some celebrity/company will buy them new ones?

Also, who provides the training, IT management, etc.?

Like I said, this is 5 minutes of light thought. Who knows what other problems will arise?
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I don't; I think that's it's a nice gesture. However, they only talk about the student/community facing aspect about it. I have to wonder if the behind-the-scenes infrastructure is supported, and how sustainable this is.


No worries. If internet isn’t available (doubtful) with sufficient bandwidth, Ellen’s $100,000 cash donation will certainly help address that.

I’m happy there are are people and organizations that step up. I recognize there are many who focus on the what could go wrong instead of the potential benefits and making it work. Good on those that aren’t stuck and move forward.
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7 weeks ago
Have you considered working with Wounded Warriors, Tim?
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7 weeks ago
Wouldn't something simpler like providing 3 healthy meals a day go much farther to helping low-income elementary school students? An iPad isn't going to help them learn when the reason they are underperforming academically is because of things happening outside of school connected to their poverty.
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