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Democratic National Convention Committee donates laptops to MPS

Posted at 8:42 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 09:42:51-04

The Democratic National Convention Committee is donating over 75 MacBook Air laptops to Milwaukee Public Schools to "bolster tech resources for the upcoming school year."

The laptops had been purchased for staff members leading up to the August convention, however, due to the pandemic, the convention was scaled back.

“As the local Host Committee, we’ve consistently stated that our greatest responsibility is to our neighbors—and that includes our neighbors of all ages and from all backgrounds,” said Raquel Filmanowicz, CEO of the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee. “This donation allows us to give back to the future of Milwaukee, and we’re excited to make an impact that lives on beyond the four days of the convention.”

The committee also donated computer monitors, accessories, and office supplies to the district.

“When our convention planning first kicked off over a year ago, Milwaukee welcomed our team with open arms. We knew this city was hardworking and resilient, and those attributes have become even more evident during the difficult times we find ourselves in today. Through this donation, it’s our goal to share some of that sentiment back with this community, as well as share our appreciation for Milwaukee’s incredible partnership over the last year,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

“With the reallocation of computers and donation of other necessary school supplies to Milwaukee Public Schools, it is my hope that we help make the virtual start to the year smoother for our students,” added Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “We were grateful for the time that the convention team spent engaging students in conversations over the last year, and I am pleased to see their support continue during what is without question a very difficult time in our young people’s lives.”

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