More than 25 East Coachella Valley high school graduates who plan to continue their education in the fall received Chromebooks on June 30 to help them with their future studies.
A local couple who wish to remain anonymous donated nearly $ 10,000 last spring to purchase the 26 Chromebooks for students at the Coachella Valley Unified School DistrictExpanded learning programs after high school.
According to the California Department of Education website, the state’s extended learning programs “are an integral part of educating young people, engaging them in year-round learning opportunities that prepare them for. university, career and life ”. The program is aimed at students who reside in an area of high need by offering enrichment activities that support learning and encourage them to pursue higher education or career paths. “
The devices were presented to the students by Supervisor V. Manuel Perez and officials from the Coachella Valley Unified School District at a mandatory mask ceremony held at the Desert Mirage High School Theater in Thermal.
“I would just like to thank donor and supervisor V. Manuel Perez for their support of our students and their pursuit of higher education. Bea González, extended learning program coordinator for the Coachella Valley Unified School District, said in a statement ahead of the event. “We really appreciate the support from our after-school programs and our school district. “
“Thank you to the community members who made this generous donation,” said Supervisor Perez. “I am very happy that these local graduates are receiving these Chromebooks, which will help them with their learning as they embark on their future beyond high school and enter college and careers.”
The student recipients explained how the donations would contribute to their college successes. “This is going to help me a lot because most of the things I do require me to be online, and I can’t necessarily do all of them on my phone,” said Isis Arellano Romero. “Also, I don’t always have time to go to the library because I babysit, so having this Chromebook is going to help me with the things I need to do.”
Justino Lopez-Gonzalez seconded that: “It will help me a lot because at the moment I do not have the resources [to purchase a Chromebook]. I’m excited because now I have the equipment. I feel proud. This Chromebook will do a lot for me. “
The students selected to receive the Chromebooks are graduates of Coachella Valley High School, Desert Mirage High School, West Shores High School, and La Familia High School. Graduates plan to attend community college, California State University, University of California, or vocational schools, and the devices will help them in their future educational successes.
Eduardo Aguilar contributed to this report.