Google announces over $230K in donation to help Detroit students

Google announces over $230K in donation to help Detroit students

Technology giant Google announced on Tuesday that it would donate more than $230,000 to provide Detroit school students with various classroom materials ranging from paper, pencils and books to microscopes and laptops.

Nearly 261 Detroit area teachers had posted requests for donations on a crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org to meet classroom material needs of around 32,466 students at 179 schools.

In addition to above-mentioned classroom materials, the Internet search giant will provide money for basketballs and portable basketball hoops at A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School in the city. The donation amount will be nearly $232,000.

The tech giant and DonorsChoose announced the donation during an assembly at Michigan Technical Academy in Detroit yesterday afternoon.

John Burchett, Google’s director of public policy for the United States, Latin America & Canada, said the company was thrilled to support the classroom projects.

Announcing the donation, Burchett said, “We are thrilled to partner with DonorsChoose.org to support all of the classroom projects of teachers here in the Detroit area. We owe a lot to our teachers and want to thank them for being a constant source of inspiration.”

A teacher at Pontiac Academy for Excellence will get $735 for fundamental supplies like notebooks and pencils; an Oak Park Preparatory Academy teacher will get $623 for purchasing poetry books for students; while a teacher at Ypsilanti’s Global Tech Academy will receive $513 for a classroom carpet.