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United Arab Emirates donate $500k to Joplin schools

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A donation from around the world will make a dream for Joplin High's future come true now.

The One-to-One Initiative to give every high school student a laptop to replace textbooks was a hope last year.

But with an infusion of $500,000 from the United Arab Emirates, the district set the wheels in motion.

2,200 Apple Macintosh laptops loaded with software are being prepped for students--a gift worth half a million dollars from the United Arab Emirates.

"Its such an important, such a good cause--education--without that you cant go forward giving laptops giving electronic move forward to the 21st centuries even more important so," says Dana Al Marashi, Heritage & Social Affairs, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

Volunteers attach warning labels, coded identifiers for tracking, and metal plates that become permanent once glued on the computers.

It activates and imprints on the back.

"Even when you do chisel them up and pull up with pliers, if someone were to do that, a tattoo or an impression is left that is permanently on there that says 'Stolen Property' dial 1-800-488-STOP," says Traci House, Joplin Schools Director of Technology.

And if they are lost or stolen ,the district is working with absolute software to find them.

"Computrace is a kind of a GPS tracking program its wonderful so if the laptop is stolen or lost we can quickly pull up it up, with our software here, and see the exact location where that laptop is," says House.

Besides the tattooing for security purposes to protect them if lost of stolen, each parent and student has to sign an agreement following rules and regulations for the computer's usage.

"We can see where they've been on sites they can oh no clear history taken these steps we can still see it part of education we're going to give students so don't violate your acceptable use policy. Take these as the 24-7 learning tools that they are. Use them for the value for the right purpose and everybody's going to gain from the project," says House.

They don't want parents pressured about replacement costs, and currently, donations will cover first year breakage and maintenance. After that, a $50 usage fee could be assessed. They want students to treat them responsibly and see their value. Some already do.

"Being able to get resources very fast, you know, just right in your hands, to get this opportunity to use laptop one on one with it I'm so exited to be able to use it," says Callie Van Ostran, Joplin High Junior.

If you'd like to donate to the "One-to-One" initiative matching grant through the United Arab Emirates, you can call 1-417-625-5202 ex. 2038.

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