SEATTLE, Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inspirus Credit Union donated 34 computer workstations and nine laptops to the Highline School District to support its nationally recognized computer science program. The White House recently praised Highline among 25 public school districts nationwide for its commitment to giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science.
The workstation and laptop donation, valued at more than $12,000, helps support the district's growing computer science program, which now includes all its high school campuses and is expanding to middle schools.
In a recent weekly address, President Obama noted that only about one-fourth of K-12 schools offer computer science, which he said is now a basic skill, "right along with the three 'Rs,'" referring to reading, writing, and arithmetic. The Obama administration is asking Congress to provide $4 billion in funding over the next three years to boost computer science education at all grade levels.
This is Inspirus Credit Union's first major in-kind donation to the Highline School District. Last fall, Inspirus partnered with the Federal Way School District to provide printers to schools at every level in the district.
"We're honored to help support Highline's vision to ensure all students graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate," said Inspirus Vice President of Information Technology Kris Hanson. "Schools are so grateful to receive up-to-date surplus technology, and it's one more meaningful way for us to give back to education."
Highline School District is home to more than 19,000 students in the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Boulevard Park, and White Center.
To learn about Highline School District's guidelines for hardware donations, contact its Technology Services Help Desk at 206.631.7676.
About Inspirus Credit Union
Founded in 1936 by a Seattle math and journalism teacher, Inspirus serves about 80,000 members across Washington who share a passion for education. With $1 billion in assets, Inspirus operates branches in Seattle and Spokane. Its philanthropy model includes education-giveback programs that allow members to direct charitable contributions to schools in their communities. Employees also donate upwards of 800 volunteer hours a year in support of education. In addition, Community Education Representatives provide free financial seminars, professional development, and recognition to school employees statewide. For more information, visit inspirusCU.org.
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