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TSL Foundation donates over 4K laptop bags to PSS

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(Press Release) — With the opening of new school year just around the corner, the Tan Siu Lin Foundation has stepped in to assist the Public School System in its online classes.

The TSL Foundation, the charitable arm of TanHoldings, has donated 4,887 laptop  bags worth $122, 175 bags to PSS, which will be implementing remote learning approach in all three islands, starting on Sept. 8 in response to the CNMI government’s safety directives against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“What a perfect time to receive this generous donation from the Tan Siu Lin Foundation. Just recently, PSS has acquired laptops that will be distributed to students to help conduct our online classes this school year and these bags will be very useful for the safe keeping of their computers and other educational materials,” Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said.

Ada received the laptop bags from TSL Foundation executive director Merlie Tolentino during the donation turnover ceremony at the TanHoldings Corporate Affairs office in Garapan on Monday.

PSS director of instructional technology Dr. Bobby Cruz and the district’s other department heads were also present at the event, which marked the continued partnership of PSS and the TSL Foundation to ensure that students will get the help they need, especially at these trying times.

Cruz thanked the Tan Siu Lin Foundation for never letting PSS down. He added that the foundation’s countless generosity plays a big role in fulfilling the district’s commitment to serve well our students and our community.

 

Tan Siu Lin Foundation executive director Merlie Tolentino, sixth left, presents the donated laptop bags to the Public School System, which is represented by Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada, center, PSS director of instructional technology Dr. Bobby Cruz, seventh left, and the school district’s other department heads during the turnover ceremony  Monday in the TanHoldings Corporate Affairs conference room in Garapan.

 

 Tan Siu Lin Foundation executive director Merlie Tolentino, sixth left, receives a plaque of appreciation from the Public School System for the continued support of TanHoldings’ charitable arm to the school district. Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada, center, PSS director of instructional technology Dr. Bobby Cruz, seventh left, and the school district’s other department heads acknowledged the TSL Foundation’s assistance to PSS’ online classes this school year. Contributed photos

The TSL Foundation, which last year handed over 3,473 Dell brand laptop bags worth $87,000 to students and teachers of both public and public schools and Northern Marianas College, made another donation to PSS after Kagman High School acting principal Ben Jones Jr. reached out to the foundation.

In approaching the TSL Foundation, Jones took note of the economic challenges the pandemic has brought to the community and said getting free laptop bags and protecting the computers from wear and tear would save students and their families money that they could use for other necessities.

“At this time of the pandemic, any amount we could save and use for our everyday needs is important. This bag could easily cost one between $20 and $30, so imagine if one family has three students. Also, with students now having to use their laptops at home every day, you could expect maintenance problems, but having an appropriate storage could help them take care of their computers,” Jones said.

For her part, Tolentino acknowledged the PSS leadership for taking initiatives to ensure that students will be able continue their education under a unique, but safer setting at this time of the pandemic. She added that the TSL Foundation will continue to work with PSS and private schools in the CNMI to find ways to assist students in their educational needs.

“Education is one of the top priorities of the Tan Siu Lin Foundation. We can’t allow the many challenges we are experiencing right now to discourage us from educating our children and helping them achieve their goals,” Tolentino said.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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