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Bridging the Technology Divide

Press Release Date 
Monday, 21 May, 2012

Cross-institutional collaboration to funnel computers, teacher training and high-tech, hands-on education programs to East San Jose elementary school

SAN JOSE - Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School’s nearly 700 pupils will be the beneficiaries of an intensive high-tech focused program to introduce and, ultimately, inspire youth to enjoy science and be part of a new workforce of problem-solvers, innovators, and inventors in Silicon Valley and around the world.

On May 23rd the school will be officially renamed to signal the new area of study and the leaders of the innovative plan – Franklin-McKinley School District, Hitachi Data Systems, Wyse Technology, CORAL After-School Program of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara, and The Tech Museum – will share their expectations and efforts to increase academic performance, raising the likelihood of success for these underserved, at-risk youths. 

Who
FMSD Superintendent John Porter
Hitachi Data Systems Video Services Lead David Cohen
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara After-School Program Director/Interim Division Director Sara Reyes
The Tech Museum President Tim Ritchie
Wyse Technology (TBA)

What 
A major announcement heralding the renaming of the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School and its unveiling of a new science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) focus

When
10 a.m. sharp Wednesday, May 23

Where
Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School, 1602 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose

EDS: Representatives of each agency/corporation will be available for questions and photos

Contacts:
Roqua Montez
Director Public Relations
(408) 795-6225
rmontez@thetech.org

Allison Darin
Public Relations, Wyse Technology
(408) 473-1223
Mobile: (831) 359-8208
adarin@wyse.com