As I previously reported, I called Apple and TFA about this iPad partnership. Apple was very nice but said they knew nothing about it and to ask TFA. TFA didn't return either of my phone calls or my e-mail. I can't find any other info via Google, either.
They want people to donate but they don't want people, even those donating the iPad, to know where it will go. What is a big question is if TFA is giving the iPad to a school where a TFA recruit is assigned or to the TFA recruit?
Because thenwhat happens when the TFA recruit leaves the school? Does he/she leave the iPad behind? Take it?
I'd be troubled to know that I donated an iPad to a TFA recruit and not a needy classroom. Which leads to the question of why Apple wouldn't eliminate the middleman (TFA) and just donate to needy schools in the cities where Apple stores are created. A quick phone call to a district "Could you use some donated iPads in your classroom?" and that's it.
Clearly, there is some mystery about this program that TFA and Apple don't want to address. So my advice is, you eliminate the middleman and donate your old iPad to a needy school.
From our reader, Sahila,
Let's ask Apple.
When: Saturday, August 13th from 10 to noon.
At 10am we will be gathering near the driveway next to RAM restaurant next door to go over the plan.
10:30am a group of teachers will be going in the store to ask for donated iPads (people will be needed to film on their iPhones preferably).
11am we will start leafleting and picketing outside the store against their partnership with TFA.
Where: Apple Store - 2656 NE University Village
Please contact us and let us know you're coming -
Kristin (Parents Across America - Seattle) -
Dan (Social Equality Educators) -