Apple CEO Tim Cook slipped into Richmond on MLK Day with a cadre of 150 company worker-bees to do some good deeds at Stege Elementary School.
According to a recent West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) report, the altruistic “apples” showed up at Stege for a special “Day of Service” during which the company volunteers and family members made far-reaching improvements to the school that not only stretched beyond the tech, but also resulted in some very delighted returning students and teachers Tuesday morning.
The MLK Day improvements were part of the second installment of a three-year partnership between Apple and Stege. The school is one of 114 underserved schools across the United States that Apple is assisting as part of a $100 million pledge re: its participation in President Obama’s ConnectED initiative launched in June 2013.
In May 2016, For Richmond reported on Apple’s first-year initiative at Stege, which included giving more than 300 iPads to Stege students and teachers.
“It was amazing,” Stege Principal Kim Moses said in the WCCUSD report when describing the most recent Apple-powered school improvements. “They did extensive painting, completely redesigned the student’s library, painted murals in the multipurpose room/cafeteria, and even designed and created an outdoor classroom space. They did all that and so much more.”
Per the report, Apple’s improvements at Stege also included installing state-of-the-art projection screens in every classroom, replacing old chalkboards with brand-new whiteboards, redecorating staff lounges and an early ‘spring cleaning’ of the entire school.
Moses noted in the report that CEO Tim Cook was on-campus for a long time and got “hands-on” helping to paint an inspirational quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that captured the day’s valiant efforts: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing to help others?’”
“They were so thoughtful about the process,” Moses said about the Apple volunteers in the report. “Asking questions and trying to find out exactly what we wanted, and coming up with lots of ideas. They even did an advance walkthrough of the campus with about 12 Apple representatives and really wanted to make an impact—for the school, the kids, the community.”