Donation is part of $580,000 gift to HISD and the surrounding community in wake of Harvey
Best Buy representatives stopped by Fleming Middle School on Friday for a special reveal, handing over a donation of $160,000 in technology and support – part of the company’s larger investment in HISD and the surrounding community following Hurricane Harvey.
The donation will provide more than 5,000 of the district’s students with the opportunity to learn the skills to be prepared for tech-reliant jobs of the future. Best Buy is donating a total of $580,000 to greater Houston’s storm recovery effort.
After the presentation, Best Buy employees got to work to help 150 students build their own computers with Kano Computer Kits, providing them a free personal computer designed to teach coding skills. In addition, Best Buy is outfitting Fleming Middle School’s library with new technology including computers, 3D printers, cameras, and more.
This is incredible, especially for our eighth-grade scholars, who are armed and ready for their transition into high school,” said Fleming Middle School Principal Sabrina Cuby-King. “We’re excited about this opportunity … and it’s just an incredible experience for our students, many of whom have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.”
To further its commitment to serving as a year-round resource for underserved youth, Best Buy will build its 16th Teen Tech Center here in Houston. Best Buy Teen Tech Centers help young people develop critical skills through interactive activities that encourage their interests in programming, film-making, music production and design.
“We’re so thankful to Best Buy for this generous contribution to our Houston schools and community,” said HISD’s Chief Technology Officer Lenny Schad. “Whether it’s Ms. Maye’s STEM class at Burbank Middle School, or it’s Mrs. Webb’s coding course at Fleming Middle School – Best Buy’s funding and mission of teaching teens technology is instrumental in helping our students prepare for their futures.”