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The Oregonian features iPad donation to Faubion School

Concordia partnership benefits public school in NE Portland

Faubion School had many reasons to celebrate Read for America Day Friday, March 1. At an all-school assembly, the children received a donation of 120 iPads, loaded with the Dr. Seuss App "Oh the Places You'll Go." As part of the kick-off of "3 to PhD," the iPads were donated by HotChalk Inc. ( during the Concordia University Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Awards ( on Feb. 5.

The adjacently located Concordia University, Faubion School, and Portland Public Schools are further expanding their existing partnership to create a national model committed to helping young people fulfill their potential from age "3 to PhD."

The effort will include a full rebuild and modernization of Faubion School in the next few years, following Portland voters' passage of a capital bond to begin renovations and upgrades across the PPS district. Planning will begin soon, and will include community input.

Concordia University's Feb. 5 event ( with keynote Salman Khan of Khan Academy inspired the iPad donation as part of increasing access to education and related education technologies. The event's presenting sponsor, HotChalk Inc., stepped up to support the donation of 120 iPads to Faubion School, a local, urban, preK-8 public school adjacent to Concordia University. The iPads will be used by students and educators to help improve access to technology and online resources for Faubion students.

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