New program will form partnerships and develop new curriculum for students
(BlackNews.com) — On Thursday, August 25, 2011, The Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation, Inc. (APACF) announced a major donation of iPadsÂ® and educational support services to two local DC schools as part of the launch of the foundationâ€™s new program. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Southeast DC and The Paul Public Charter School in Northwest DC will receive an equal share of iPads Â® to be used for math and science classes.
The new APACF Technology Grant Program will partner these schools with, which will provide them with ongoing administrative and technical support. Additionally, the foundation is providing the schools with an e-curriculum specialist to help them develop a new integrated curriculum that will enhance the studentsâ€™ learning experience using technological approaches and teaching methods. This program is a unique collaboration that will promote the academic preparation and success for students in a world that is rapidly evolving due to technology.
“When we reflect on our mission to develop leaders, we have to start by investing in the children in our community. We have to ensure that they are receiving the best education through an innovative and supportive environment,” said Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., Chairman of APACF. “This new program is only the beginning of our commitment to improving the lives of students at urban schools by preparing them for academic achievement and lifetime success.”
The overall goal of the program is to generate impactful results from the students’ learning experience and ultimately introduce the program in other urban schools. The Foundation plans to continue to invest grant resources and look for ways to help operate and improve the program. Additionally, APACF is seeking to expand it by promoting and encouraging more partnerships and collaboration with other academic and technology companies.
APACF’s investment in DC public schools was made possible because of a $100,000 donation from Alpha Brother former Senator Edward Brooke in 2008. Brooke, the first elected African-American Senator since Reconstruction, has been a strong advocate for education and the need for positive role models in the African American community for decades. His commitment to the cause has been unparalleled.
The iPadÂ® investment coincides during the weeklong dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall.
Photocaption: L to R: Vincent Orange, DC Council Member at Large and Alpha Brother; Dennis Kemp, APACF Board Member and Alpha Brother; Student, Paul Public Charter School; Jami Dunham, Head Master, The Paul Public Charter School; Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., Chairman, Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation, Inc. (APACF); Students, The Paul Public Charter School; Mark S. Tillman, Alpha Brother; Brian Hill, Teacher, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary and Alpha Brother. Photo Credit: Khalid Naji-Allah
About The Foundation
The Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation was created in 2008 to operate as a 501(C) 3 charitable organization. The mission of the Foundation is to promote scholarship and academic achievement, develop leaders, and provide resources, services and advocacy to our global community. Currently, efforts of the foundation are focused on urban school settings and the effort to grow resources and partnerships to aggressively attack the lack of innovation, achievement, preparation often found in these environments. Current programs include a new technology based effort to maximize the human capital found in our school systems and prepare them for future academic and corporate success. The foundation is also developing a scholarship program for collegiate males who wish to enter the academic field and work in urban schools. The initial funding for this effort was provided by former Senator Edward Brooke