November 10, 2010
Students at two Chicago Public Schools are benefiting from the donation this year of dozens of computers by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.
Since the beginning of 2010, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division has donated almost 50 computers and peripherals worth in excess of $71,000 to CPS, the lion’s share going to Robert Fulton Elementary School, 5300 S. Hermitage Ave. William W. Carter Elementary School, 5740 S. Michigan Ave. also received some of the donated IRS Criminal Investigation Division equipment.
The relationship between IRS Criminal Investigation Division and the schools began last year when two top IRS Criminal Investigation Division officials participated in the District’s Principal for a Day program. Lucy Cruz and Sean Sowards, Assistant Special Agents in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division-Chicago Field Office, served as PFADs and recognized a need for students at Fulton and Carter to obtain access to additional laptop computers.
The partnership was given further impetus by the General Services Administration’s Computers for Learning program, whose goal is to make modern technology a fundamental part of school classrooms.
In February 2010, IRS Criminal Investigation Division donated 10 computers and peripherals to Fulton and 11 computers and related equipment to Carter. In October, another 27 computers and peripherals were delivered to Fulton.
The relationship between the agency, Fulton and Carter has also resulted in top IRS Criminal Investigation Division Chicago-based agents visiting the schools and discussing their work with students.
“IRS Criminal Investigation Division-Chicago Field Office is proud to be able to help and give back to the community we serve,” said Al Patton, Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division-Chicago Field Office. “We are pleased to be able to donate numerous laptop computers, monitors and peripherals to the Chicago Public Schools system. The computer donations allow modern technology to become part of every classroom so that each child has the opportunity to be educated to his or her full potential.”
The relationship between IRS-CI and the CPS schools is evidence of the kinds of partnerships the District is cultivating, said Barbara Lumpkin, CPS Deputy CEO for External Affairs and Partnerships.
“This is a great example of how a meaningful and sustainable partnership can benefit our students,” Lumpkin said. “We are grateful to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division and its leadership for their generosity and willingness to engage with our schools.”
Chicago Public Schools serves 409,279 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.