But one theft over the weekend erased their hard work. Laptops and iPads worth about
"I'm still a little numb," said
The parent group solicited donations, held a walk-a-thon and a black-tie dinner and applied for grants to generate the money for the purchases.
The school of 550 students has about 60 other laptops and 30 iPads, according to Bertolone. But some, dubbed "legacy computers" by the school, are older than some of the children using them, she said.
Salcido, following district procedures, filed an online report with the
When a report is filed online, it is reviewed by a supervisor before being assigned to an officer, Sgt.
The online reporting option is intended for vandalism, vehicle tampering, harassing phone calls, fraud, lost property, theft and vehicle burglary, according to police.
Police assigned the case to the burglary unit Tuesday, a day after the report. Wednesday morning police changed gears and assigned the case to its school liaison unit. Randol said there have been 3,802 reported burglaries this year through the end of September.
The parent group bought not only about 60 iPads, but also purchased bilingual software that students can use at home, in school and on mobile devices.
The theft hurts students, Bertolone said, because many of them don't have computers at home. "These computers are making all the difference for kids who otherwise have very little exposure to technology," she said.
Now, she said, it will be hard for all the River Glen students to get enough time on computers.
In recent years parents had felt frustrated and embarrassed that the district would not provide adequate technology for classrooms, parent Poncho Guevara said. "So we made a difficult and expensive decision to reallocate the parent association funds, including dipping into reserves, to buy these laptops and iPads," he said. "The theft was a devastating blow."
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