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C-K gifts seniors iPads

CLAYSBURG — The Claysburg Education Foundation is gifting each of the 60 graduating seniors from Claysburg-Kimmel High School an iPad.

As high school seniors grapple with the reality of missing out on end-of-year traditions, communities have been stepping up to try to take away some of the sting of coronavirus cancellations.

Foundation board member Rich Allison said each year students are given the option of buying their school-issued iPads for $150, but with them already losing so much because of the virus, the foundation wanted to add a bright spot to a difficult situation.

“We just decided, because of everything going on, that we needed to do something good for these kids,” he said. “They are missing graduation, they are missing prom, all the things they shouldn’t miss.”

Allison said that with this year’s economic uncertainty, the foundation wanted to take the burden of purchasing the seniors’s iPads for them.

“Normally about half the kids in the class buy their iPads at the end of the year,” he said. “With all the shutdowns and people out of work, we thought it was the right thing to do.”

Allison said $9,000 will be spent to purchase the iPads.

In addition to the iPads, Allison said the foundation has made plans to hold its summer science, technology, engineering and math program, although in-person meetings are still prohibited.

Allison said the annual program will be following the lead of the district by holding it remotely.

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