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Docomo Pacific donates laptops to PSS

DOCOMO Pacific on Friday announced the second phase of its “One Marianas Initiative” by donating laptops worth $178,500 to the Public School System.

In a statement, Docomo Pacific said recent studies have shown that the “homework gap” can disadvantage students who may have internet service, but lack ready access to their own laptops.

To address this gap, Docomo Pacific said it is purchasing $178,500 worth of laptops for PSS. A check presentation was made to PSS on June 15 at the Aqua Resort Club.

Docomo Pacific said its contribution will be used to purchase a total of 210 state-of-the-art laptops — 10 laptops for each of the 21 PSS libraries on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Bobby Cruz, PSS director of instruction in technology, said: “PSS is always excited to work with community partners like Docomo Pacific. Any contribution to support the 10,000-plus students in our district is greatly appreciated. Docomo’s contribution will support our school libraries throughout the CNMI. This is particularly valuable as libraries are a central hub of learning for students. So through this donation of tech resources, our students will have more resources to support learning. We’re grateful for this opportunity, and we hope to strengthen our partnership even more in order to promote 21st century libraries in the CNMI.”

On Friday, Docomo Pacific executives led by its incoming president and CEO Roderick Boss and general manager Dino Manning donated laptops worth $178,000 to the Public School System. Also in photo are lawmakers, school and other officials.  Photo by Lori Lyn LirioOn Friday, Docomo Pacific executives led by its incoming president and CEO Roderick Boss and general manager Dino Manning donated laptops worth $178,000 to the Public School System. Also in photo are lawmakers, school and other officials. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Board of Education Chairwoman MaryLou Ada said their goal is to keep up with the latest technology.

“With your partnership with PSS,” she told Docomo, “we are able to help our 10,000 students to be career-ready and college-bound and also to be independent and productive citizens of the commonwealth.”

Docomo Pacific said it worked closely with the PSS leadership to determine areas where a monetary contribution would have the biggest impact. “Many students in the CNMI lack reliable access to laptop computers, which can prevent them from taking part in online learning, a major curriculum component,” Docomo stated.

According to Dino Manning, vice president/general manager of Docomo Pacific CNMI: “We wanted to use our resources and provide laptops that students could use to help bridge the homework gap. Whether it’s providing even the youngest students with early knowledge of skills in typing to basic research to graphic design, we’re excited about enhancing their learning experience through the use of technology. We appreciate all that our schools do for the children in our community, and we want to do our part to contribute to their success.”

Roderick Boss, incoming president and CEO of Docomo Pacific, said: “Being a strong community partner and improving the communities we serve is a major component of our ‘Better Together’ promise. We’re happy to connect our students to 21st century technologies that will help build skills and confidence and lead to their thriving in the digital world.”

Earlier, Docomo Pacific donated $50,000 to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. to help develop and maintain an electronic health-record system for patient care.