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Chicago Schools and Groupon Team Up to Help Needy Students

Have $12? Starting Tuesday, Chicago residents will be able to buy a Groupon daily deal that purchases school supplies for low income students.


Last month Chicago-based Groupon partnered with several local schools to teach students how to write copy for their daily deals. Now they're proving that their involvement in public education wasn't just a one-time thing. From Tuesday through Thursday, Chicago residents can use the site to buy a $12 daily deal that's actually a donation to cover the cost of school supply kits for the city's low-income students.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Kitz for Kids program will provide "glue, erasers, markers, storybooks, notebooks, rulers and pencils" for students. The need is certainly there—85 percent of the district's 409,000 students come from low income families, and over 15,000 students are homeless. Chicago Public Schools had already planned to purchase 6,000 kits for the city's neediest students, so the Groupon deal will certainly expand the effort.

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Apple's Genius Idea: Donating Your Old iPad to Teach For America Classrooms

iPads are extremely useful educational tools, so it's nice that Apple is helping to funnel used first-generation models to schools that need them.


Good news for all you iPad owners who want an excuse to upgrade to the iPad 2. Apple has teamed up with Teach For America, the nonprofit education organization that places mostly recent college grads in low performing, low income schools, to help funnel old iPads into the classrooms. All you have to do is turn in your first generation iPad at an Apple store and they'll make sure it gets in the hands of a kid who needs it.

Apple's partnership with TFA comes at a time when school districts are increasingly investing in iPads as learning tools—teachers love iPads because they can download apps or pull up online skill-building programs for kids who need extra practice. Plus, the easy access to information they provide makes researching and learning about countless subjects a snap. Unfortunately, given the budget cuts coming down the pike, few schools can put iPads in classrooms on their own dime.

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