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Apple Donates Thousands Of iPads To Volunteer Teachers In Low-Income Areas

Apple Donates Thousands Of iPads To Volunteer Teachers In Low-Income Areas

Apple recently teamed up with Teach For America, a volunteer humanitarian service program that targets college students to volunteer two years teaching low-income youth, to distribute several thousand first-gen iPads to school teachers in low-income areas.

The iPads were all part of an Apple-initiated public service program allowing 1st-gen iPad owners who upgraded to the iPad 2 the chance to donate their old iPads to teachers in low-income communities.

It’s not clear how many iPads apple collected through the program, but in August, more than 9,000 Teach for America volunteers were offered an iPad 1 to help them in their efforts.

According to Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt, “Teach for America has a connection with Apple through Steve Jobs’ family. His wife, Laurene Powell, sits on its board of directors.”

Teachers are using the device both as a teaching aid for students, as well as a performance incentive in which students that perform well are allowed some time to use the iPad.

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