Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is donating nearly $500 million in stock to a Silicon Valley charity with the aim of funding health and education issues.
The Rapides Parish School District will put a $300,000 state grant to work to improve literacy in six middle schools this year.
Officials say Tacoma (Wash.) middle school kids will be the big losers if money to save the after-school SPARX program can't be found. "It has a positive impact on our student body," said Jon Kellett, principal of Jason Lee Middle School. "Any after-school programming can help kids find their niche." Krestin Bahr, director of middle schools for Tacoma Public Schools, added: "It's been an effective model. It's a time for kids to explore who they are."
Epson America, Inc. has announced a 2012 holiday season initiative to help teachers acquire much-needed classroom technology for enhancing student learning. Through the DonorsChoose.org "Double Your Impact Program," Epson will donate two percent of purchases sold on Epson.com between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24, 2012, up to $100,000.
South Madison and Frankton-Lapel Community Schools have each received $30,000 technology planning grants from the Indiana Department of Education's eLearning office.