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Tan Siu Lin Foundation donates over $83K worth of laptop bags to schools

(TSLF) — The Tan Siu Lin Foundation donated 3, 335 laptop bags worth over $83,000 to Public School System and Northern Marianas College students and faculty members and four private schools.

“After Super Typhoon Yutu, a lot of people lost their belongings and these include things that our students and teachers use in school, such as laptop bags,” said TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan, who with the foundation officials and staff members visited NMC in February, just a few days before the college started its spring semester, to hand over the laptop bags.

Public School System Commissioner Glenn Muna, right, shakes the hand of TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan to thank the Tan Siu Lin Foundation for the laptop bags it donated to PSS students and faculty members.Public School System Commissioner Glenn Muna, right, shakes the hand of TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan to thank the Tan Siu Lin Foundation for the laptop bags it donated to PSS students and faculty members.

NMC interim president Frankie Eliptico received the 1,417 laptop bags worth $35,425.

“Our students and faculty are deeply appreciative of TSL Foundation’s donation of laptop bags that they can use for their computers and other educational materials,” Eliptico said.

“We have a longstanding partnership with the TSL Foundation and when Jerry Tan and his team reached out to us with significant donation, our employees and students were especially thankful because it was very timely and very much needed,” he added.

TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan and Public School System Commissioner Glenn Muna show the laptop bags the Tan Siu Lin Foundation donated to PSS students and faculty members during the turnover ceremony witnessed by PSS faculty members and TSLF officials early this month.TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan and Public School System Commissioner Glenn Muna show the laptop bags the Tan Siu Lin Foundation donated to PSS students and faculty members during the turnover ceremony witnessed by PSS faculty members and TSLF officials early this month.

Another partner of the foundation, PSS, received the donated laptop bags last April 2 at its main office on Capital Hill. Tan turned over the 1,690 Dell brand laptop bags worth $42,250 to PSS Commissioner Glenn Muna.

“Our foundation has identified PSS as one of our partners, so every year we think about how we can help PSS and its students and teachers. PSS is such a great group to work with because of how they could easily reach out to the students from all grade levels,” Tan added.

The TanHoldings head also said that this time they decided to include the faculty members as recipients of the donation as a small token of their appreciation to the dedicated educators.

Northern Mariana College officials and students, TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan, fifth left front row, TanHoldings vice president Eli Arago, fourth left front row, and Tan Siu Lin Foundation and TanHoldings officials pose for a photo in front of the temporary classrooms at NMC’s As Terlaje campus.Northern Mariana College officials and students, TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan, fifth left front row, TanHoldings vice president Eli Arago, fourth left front row, and Tan Siu Lin Foundation and TanHoldings officials pose for a photo in front of the temporary classrooms at NMC’s As Terlaje campus.

“Sometimes, we are so focused to helping our students that we tend to overlook our hardworking faculty members. This donation is our small way of appreciating our teachers and all the faculty members that work with PSS. Thank you for everything that you do for the students and our schools, especially after Yutu. I know you are all doing your best to bring everything back to normal and keep the positive atmosphere in our schools despite the many challenges we are facing as we continue with the recovery efforts in our islands,” Tan said.

Muna, who was joined by PSS faculty staff and other personnel in accepting the donated laptop bags, thanked the foundation for always including PSS on the beneficiaries’ list of its programs.

“The CNMI Public School System’s continued success is built upon its strong community partnership and collaboration. TSL Foundation has stood alongside our commitment to provide quality educational opportunities to our largest stakeholders of public education: our students,” Muna said.

Representatives of Eucon International School, Saipan International School, and Grace Christian Academy pose with Tan Siu Lin Foundation executive director Merlie Tolentino, second left, administrative officer Mel Naputi, center, and assistant manager Raymond Zapanta after receiving the donated laptop bags at the TSL Plaza last week.Representatives of Eucon International School, Saipan International School, and Grace Christian Academy pose with Tan Siu Lin Foundation executive director Merlie Tolentino, second left, administrative officer Mel Naputi, center, and assistant manager Raymond Zapanta after receiving the donated laptop bags at the TSL Plaza last week.

“As one of our enduring community partners and on behalf of our CNMI Public School System and the State Board of Education, we would like to extend our appreciation to TSL Foundation for continually supporting the needs of our public school students and school district personnel,” he added.

The laptop bags will be made available for the 11th and 12th graders on Saipan, Rota, and Tinian and also for the faculty and staff of the three islands.

“The generosity of the TSL Foundation will continue to provide our students the opportunity to learn and grow, and allow for learning to continue with the needed support and assistance that the CNMI Public School System can provide through the support of our partners,” the education commissioner said.

TanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan, third left second row, joins Tan Siu Lin Foundation officials and Agape Christian School students and faculty members for a group photo after the turnover ceremony of the donated laptop bags last week at the TSL Plaza.  TSL Foundation photosTanHoldings chief executive officer Jerry Tan, third left second row, joins Tan Siu Lin Foundation officials and Agape Christian School students and faculty members for a group photo after the turnover ceremony of the donated laptop bags last week at the TSL Plaza. TSL Foundation photos

Meanwhile, the foundation also donated laptop bags to Agape Christian School, Eucon International School, Grace Christian Academy, and Saipan International School. A total of 228 laptop bags worth $5,700 were distributed to the four private schools.

“On behalf of SIS, I would like to thank the TSL Foundation for the laptop bags for our juniors and seniors. As a 1:1 laptop school we take great pride in our ability to provide ubiquitous computing to all of our students and this kind donation will help ensure that our students can keep their laptops safe and ready,” said SIS headmaster Ron Snyder.