Empire school receives new iPad minis

Nathan Liewicki
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Several devices stolen in April, replaced via donation

Several iPad minis were stolen from Empire School on the afternoon of April 23

From left to right, George Carle and Lyle Silzer pose after donating seven iPad minis to Empire School students Kaden Deitz and Jovi McFarlane Friday. The Associated Canadian Travellers and United Commercial Travellers club of Moose Jaw representatives donated the devices to the school after several iPad minis were stolen from the school April 23.

On Friday, seven new iPad minis were donated to the school.

“I put up the information on our Facebook page to let parents know what happened,” said the school's principal Jill Tressel.

“Four days later that post had more than 7,000 views and lots of comments from parents showing support and frustration about what had happened.”

George Carle was just one of the thousands of people who saw the posting from Empire.

The president of the Associated Canadian Travellers and United Commercial Travellers (ACT/UCT) club of Moose Jaw,  saw the posting on April 28. The next day a meeting with the school occurred and the ACT/UCT decided to purchase iPads valued at $2,100 for the school.

“It’s what we do,” said Lyle Silzer, a former Canadian ACT/UCT president. “The school needed these iPad minis and we wanted to help them out.”

Tressel noted the students usethe  iPad minis for a variety of things throughout the school, including reading, videos and pictures.

While it’s upsetting that the devices were stolen from the school, Tressel said there is an underlying message students can learn through the theft.

“It’s a great lesson for students to learn about generosity.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Associated Canadian Travellers

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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