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The Council for Economic Opportunities’ Head Start classrooms have new technology to share with students this school year, thanks to a partnership with PNC Bank. The first day of school is next week Tuesday, September 6.

PNC donated a total of 42 iPads, cases and iTunes gift cards to the Council’s Head Start centers. Each center received a set of three iPads, cases and gift cards to use in its classrooms. The donation was made possible through a peer-to-peer employee recognition program at PNC.

“PNC is thrilled to be able to offer these iPads to CEOGC, as a part of our Grow Up Great program, so that they can engage students in new and unique learning opportunities,” said Paul Clark, regional president for PNC in Cleveland. “Seeing the look on the teachers faces when we told them about the donation was priceless.”

The iPads were donated during a recent meeting of the Council’s Site Administrators. Clark said the employees’ reactions made the partnership even more special.

“We are grateful to our friends at PNC for this donation,” said Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm, president and CEO of The Council for Economic Opportunities. “We are always looking for ways to use technology with our students, and this donation will go a long way in providing our kids with a heightened educational experience.”

The staff will use the iPads to supplement learning at each of the Council’s 14 high-quality Head Start centers, allowing the students to integrate the technology into their daily lessons. Thanks to everyone at PNC for the donation!