Why Chromebooks?

Technology moves faster than any of us can predict, so we must implement tools that will remain useful and relevant for as long as possible. Google's new $250 Chromebook integrates their entire suite of apps into one device. Chromebooks empower students to guide and own their learning and put students at the center of a learning experience that resembles a college or career environment.  (For more detail on how Chromebooks work, see this short video. 

Who are we?
With degrees from Cornell University and the University of Tennessee and graduate degrees from University of Michigan, we have a combined 25 years of teaching experience predominantly at Redford Thurston High School, a low-income urban Detroit satellite school. We've been teaching English, history, and math to classes ranging in size from 15-40 students and levels ranging from remedial to Advanced Placement. 

Why at our school?
Many of our students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Chromebooks have been proven to help close the achievement gap between affluent and low-income students. It's a natural fit.

Why now?
For one it's almost the end of the year and you could use the tax deduction.  But beyond that, we simply can't afford to wait. Kids are passing through our system into a professional world for which they are unfit.  The better question is:  Why NOT now?

Why you?
We are asking you to stand with us. We know you and we understand that you care about helping people and we understand that you value public education. The only successful changes in education are grassroots changes that happen from within the discipline. We know this because we see it every hour of every day in our classrooms. You can help make some of that change happen. You have the passion and the funds to help us do so and that's why we are appealing to you for support.

What can you do?
Outfitting both of our classrooms with a full set of Chromebooks will run $20,000. We have a commitment from our school for half of the cost, so to actualize this project we need to raise $10,000 by this coming January (1/15/13 -- Yes, that's only 45 days from now). But with your help we can do it!

  1. Donate here. Any amount is appreciated. All donations are tax deductible and will be accompanied by a receipt. If you prefer to write a check, make it out to Thurston High School, and send to 26255 Schoolcraft, Redford, MI 48239.
  2. Use word of mouth, email, and other social media to share this letter and link with your friends and family in order to help us reach our goal.

  • Bill Zolkowski 
    • $200 (Offline)
    • 100 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $125 (Offline)
    • 101 mos
  • Laurel McAteer 
    • $500 
    • 101 mos
  • John Slauson 
    • $50 
    • 101 mos
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    • $50 
    • 101 mos
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Rory Hughes 
Redford, MI
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