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Brookdale Hospital donates tablets to Brownsville students

Tablets for everyone!: From left, PS 284 Principal Keva Pitts-Girard; Elite Learners CEO Camara Jackson; Councilwoman Alicka Samuel; students Savannah McGarrell, Giani Wright, Amiyah Maxwell, Na-Kaylee Thompson-Santos; and Brookdale Hospital Vice President Khari Edwards.
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Hurray for Brookdale Hospital, which partnered with Councilwoman Alicka Samuel to donate more than $4,600 worth of Samsung tablets to a non-profit education group for use in its cutting-edge robotics program for Brownsville scholars.

Councilwoman Samuel handed over the tablets — which were paid for by the Brownsville medical center — to reps for Elite Learners amid a ceremony at PS 284 on Osborn Street near Sutter Avenue on Jan. 28.

Hospital honchos caught wind of the need for the tablets, which allow kids in School District 23 to program and control Lego Mindstorm automatons as part of the education group’s Elite Robots curriculum, after Samuels praised the program at a meeting attended by Brookdale’s head of IT, according to Brookldale Vice President Khari Edwards.

And it turned out Brookdale had some left-over 10-inch tablets that didn’t intergrate with the rest of its systems, making the donation a no-brainer for the medical center, according to Edwards.

“It worked out amazingly,” he said. — Colin Mixson

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, February 15, 2019
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