MIDLAND, Michigan – Midland Public Schools received $ 280,760 in donations from five different donors, with much of that money going to new technology. The education council approved these donations on Monday, June 21.
The Alden & Vada Dow Family Foundation has contributed $ 165,308 towards the acquisition of new Samsung Tab S6 Lite devices for MPS teachers and Swivl Robot educational packages for classrooms. 467 Samsung tablets will be ordered from Rochester Hills-based Sehi Computer Products for $ 146,325.11, one for each teacher.
Swivl Robot devices, manufactured by California-based Swivl, are designed to facilitate virtual learning for students who stay at home. The device follows the teacher as they move around the classroom, unlike fixed cameras which cannot record all of the action. Swivl devices work in tandem with tablets, including Samsung tablets given to MPS teachers.
A total of 17 Swivl devices are on order for $ 1,286 each. MPS Superintendent Michael Sharrow told the City paper that each school will get 4 or less of these devices. Sharrow said more devices will be purchased once teachers get used to the new technology.
In addition, MidMichigan Health contributed $ 85,000 to the HH Dow High School Turf Project, with the goal of obtaining the dashboard for the new turf complex. The turf project also received an additional $ 20,452 from individual donors through the Midland Community Foundation.
AG Financial donated $ 5,000 to HH Dow High for the Maxwell R. Muessig Memorial Scholarship. The Midland Lions Club donated $ 5,000 to the district for donating books to students during the summer.
Michael Piwowarski covers education, including higher education and Midland Public Schools, for City paper.