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School Committee Thankful for Donations

The School Committee accepted over $25,000 in donations this week.

School Committee members expressed their thanks to area businesses as they accepted over $25,450 in donations earlier this week.

"I want to thank the employees of the district for pursuing these opportunities," said Committee Member Jennifer Hardy.

Of those funds, $20,000 were from Intel to go towards the at the High School. That money will help offset $40,000 that the school district had to pay towards $110,000 in laptops for STEM Early College High School students.

A total of $70,000 was paid for through Race to the Top funds, said William Rigney, a STEM instructional specialist. This donation will help defray the rest of the costs taken on by the district.

"We have had a long-standing relationship with Intel of Massachusetts, he said of the donation.

Rigney had been in contact with employees at Intel and informed them of the need at the school. Intel also donated $450 towards materials at Whitcomb Middle School.

IBM donated $3,000 in honor of their employee Karen Mosca who has been an active volunteer in the district. School Committee Member Michelle Boon was thankful for the donation that will allow for the purchase of three trombones. She also spoke highly of Mosca's ongoing volunteerism within the district.

The committee also accepted a donation from the AFCEA Educational foundation of $2,000 to Laura Kirhenbaum to purchase nine Nook Color Tablets and cases for her science classes at Whitcomb Middle School.

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