Tax perks await donors of gadgets, computers to public schools for new normal in learning

Destiny Viator

MANILA, Philippines—With blended learning and online classes in full swing, donors of computers and other gadgets to public schools will be rewarded with tax deductions under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said on Thursday (Oct. 8).

Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 26-2020, signed by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III and Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay, said the tax perk under Bayanihan 2 applied to donations of personal computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, printers and other similar equipment to be used by teachers and students in government-run schools, including state universities and colleges (SUC) and vocational institutions under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).

The tax incentive will apply to donations made during the implementation of the Bayanihan 2 Law from Sept. 15 until Dec. 19.

The BIR said donors will enjoy tax deduction from their gross income equivalent to

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ITAMG Cares Launches to Help Connect Students with Computers

Destiny Viator

ITAMG has been providing IT asset disposal (ITAD) services for mid and large companies in corporate America, as well as the education and healthcare sectors since 1999. They advertise their electronics recycling services as promoting environmental stewardship, providing high value returns for liquidated equipment, ensuring customer satisfaction, and committing to various social missions. 

Many large organizations have difficulty donating retired computer equipment because of security, regulatory compliance, operational hurdles, and financial obligations. ITAMG provides an asset management program that enables organizations to dispose of their computer equipment in a secure manner and then re-distribute these computers to families and students in high need areas. 

ITAMG Cares plans to get laptops into the hands of children that need them, primarily in the New York Metro area. When asked about future goals for the program Richard Sommers CEO of ITAMG replied, “Over the last five or so years we have donated over

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A tool for learning, recycled computers carry their own lesson for Dover Elementary students

Destiny Viator

DOVER — For months, kindergarten student Miguel García has been sharing an old laptop with his two older brothers.

At the start of the new school year, his mother Francisca García, 45, made Miguel a promise: I’ll get you your own computer.

But with the family’s budget still slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, García couldn’t do it on her own.

This week, she got some help.

Miguel, 5, received one of 25 refurbished computers donated to the neediest students at Dover Elementary School by the Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council. All told, the council that provides counsel to Sheriff Chad Chronister came up with $6,000 worth of equipment for Dover Elementary students.

“We are very happy with this help,” said Garcia, who will keep Miguel home through January out of concern about coronavirus in schools. “We don’t have too many chances to buy a computer or even a tablet now.”

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The Federal Government Promised Native American Students Computers and Internet. Many Are Still Waiting.

Destiny Viator

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This story was co-published with The Arizona Republic, a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

Aubrie Sloan expected to start sixth grade in a virtual classroom where she would learn from her teacher each day and engage with classmates for the first time since the coronavirus forced her school to close in March.

Instead, she marks her attendance at Kaibeto Boarding School, on the western side of the Navajo Nation, by texting or calling her teacher each morning. Then she dives into paper packets the school delivers to her home, breezing through assignments that her mother says aren’t a challenge because she already knows the material.

Aside from two phone calls from her teacher, the 11-year-old has received little

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PNC donates $250,000 to Cleveland students to help fund computers, internet access for students

Destiny Viator

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – One of the biggest struggles for many remote learners is internet access and computers to do schoolwork.

PNC and the PNC Foundation is giving $250,000 to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, East Cleveland City Schools, Breakthrough Public Schools, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio to help with remote learning expenses.

CMSD plans to use its donation to help buy digital connectivity equipment for students who don’t have the tools for remote learning.

The Boys and Girls Clubs is focusing on investing in a program they have to help tutor remote learners.

Breakthrough Public Schools will be getting hotspots and equipment, and East Cleveland will do the same.  

“The pandemic has presented unique challenges to all schools, but especially those districts that

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No place to study, hunger, inadequate computers hurting Eastside and South L.A. students

Destiny Viator

Los Angeles families with school-age children in Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles and Watts struggled with access to computers and adequate internet throughout the spring semester while facing job losses and food insecurity, issues that hampered online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey has found.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Families wait in line in April at the Mar Vista Family Center for free food and headphones, which students use to screen out noise while studying at home. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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Families wait in line in April at the Mar Vista Family Center for free food and headphones, which students use to screen out noise while studying at home. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

The survey, a collaboration by researchers from USC and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, underscores how poverty has exacerbated the toll wrought by the pandemic and how challenging these problems are to overcome. It also suggests that the digital divide is continuing to harm the education of low-income Latino and Black students.

About three-quarters of families surveyed had experienced a loss of

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CenturyLink Commits Additional Funding to Provide Computers for Students and Families

Destiny Viator

Low cost computers available to thousands of individuals for $20

– PCs for People is a national nonprofit leading digital inclusion by providing affordable access to technology through the reuse of professionally refurbished computers

– The need for technology is vital due to current environment

– CenturyLink donated $50,000 which will immediately impact thousands of individuals in CenturyLink markets across the country

DENVER, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PCs for People is uniquely positioned during this unprecedented time to help low-income individuals obtain affordable technology. CenturyLink is furthering education through technology by making computers more accessible to students and families for home learning, access to telehealth, and more with a $50,000 donation to PCs for People.

Tom Judd – King’s Way Christian Schools in Vancouver, WA

“In our new reality of remote learning and work, access to technology is essential for students and families. PCs for People has

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Spring women refurbish old computers and donate to students

Destiny Viator

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) — The need for computers this school year is underscored by the fact that so many students and parents are having to navigate virtual learning.

That’s why a mom from Spring is determined to refurbish as many used computers as possible and get them into the hands of those who need them.

“I think that education is the great equalizer and a big part of education these days is technology,” said Darla Purce.

The idea started after Purce’s neighbor came over with his used desktop computer and offered it to her son, Mikey, who didn’t need it.

Purce, who started out teaching herself about computers, wiped the memory and fixed up the machine before posting it online.

“I put it on Nextdoor to see if anybody needed one and the response was immense,” she said.

From there, she put out the call for more donated computers, and

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Students step in to refurbish computers as school needs rise

Destiny Viator

A middle school IT club has found a way to use their skills to revamp old computers at a time when distance learning has made such technology indispensable.

Penguin Corps is a Linux club at the charter school Aspen Academy in Savage. Linux clubs provide a space for students to learn how to install and use open-source software. The students are using that knowledge to refurbish old computers for their classmates.

With the school opting for hybrid learning, the need for computers skyrocketed. 

“These kids very enthusiastically caught the open-source bug and took on the challenge of wanting to help their fellow students,” said Stu Keroff, a social studies teacher who directs the club.

Four hands work on two laptops.

Two Aspen Academy students and members of the Penguin Corps computer club work on donated laptops in Savage, Minn., on Wednesday. The club repairs donated computers for families that need computers for distance learning.

Evan Frost

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Parents left frustrated over delays at getting computers for students ::

Destiny Viator

WRAL’s Rosalia Fodera spoke with some Wake County parents who are upset their children still don’t have the technology needed for their online classes.

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