The New York Jets and Tequipment announced today the donation of 13 SMART Board interactive whiteboards to PS 46–The Alley Pond School through the PENCIL Partnership Program, which builds and supports customized relationships between private sector leaders and principals.
Matt Higgins, the Jets' executive vice president of business operations, along with Jets players Brandon Moore, Mike DeVito, Ropati Pitoitua and Britt Davis and Tequipment CEO Keith Elgart, delivered and powered on the SMART Boards. The donation was received by The Fund for Public Schools and PS 46 principal Marsha Goldberg.
As a member of PENCIL's board of directors and a partner in its partnership program, Higgins and the Jets teamed up with his alma mater, PS 46, to help enhance the learning experience.
"When I first started working with PS 46 last year, I saw firsthand the way the school was using SMART Boards and how much it was helping the students, especially those with special needs," said Higgins. "The school had only a few of these SMART Boards. Now, through our partnership with Tequipment, we not only are able to provide more boards to PS 46 but will soon be able to offer them to other schools around the region."
Tequipment is the largest provider of SMART products not only in New York State but in all of North America. They provide continuous support from the initial planning of a purchase through delivery, installation and setup. In addition, their training division offers a wide range of professional development programs.
"The PENCIL Partnership is a natural fit for us," said Elgart. "We've been providing technologies that transform classrooms and the way students learn and educators teach since our inception, so we were thrilled when the New York Jets reached out to us. We share the team's commitment to community involvement and look forward to helping other schools in need."