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Fundraiser to Provide iPads for Commerce Students


COMMERCE – Commerce Schools Education Enrichment Foundation (CSEE) will host an iPad fundraiser luncheon Thursday as part of its effort to provide the device for every high school student.

Through a gift from the organization, parents may purchase an iPad outright for $300 plus tax or finance at a low-interest rate with $100 down through Guaranty Bond Bank.

Thursday’s event will feature presentations by high school students on the capabilities of the iPad as an instructional tool. Tickets to the luncheon are $50 and are available at the CISD Central Administration Building at 3315 Washington St.

Superintendent Blake Cooper says while many school districts are purchasing digital devices to loan to students, CISD administrators wanted to offer students a chance to own their own device that will be theirs when they graduate.

“We are excited about the opportunity for our students,” Cooper said. “Many community partners are pulling together for our students.”

The district says donations are already coming in. Cypress Bank has pledged to match up to $2000 for the “I Give for iPad” project.

Parents have had the opportunity to take part in meetings this summer instructing them on the iPad initiative to learn about how the products will be used and internet safety.  

Parents with two children in high school are able to purchase a second iPad at half price. Donated funds will help with this cost.


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