Comcast Surprises A Tech School’s Black Principle With 1,400 Laptops And Free Internet Access
Digital Harbor, a technology specialist school in Baltimore, has received dozens of laptops for its students from TODAY’s Al Roker and Comcast after its principal was named Maryland’s Principal of the Year for 2021.
Thanks to Comcast, a telecommunications conglomerate, the students were gifted 1,400 brand new Dell laptops and a free year of internet access.
Taiisha Swinton-Buck was left in shock from the surprise and told the TODAY Programme: “It means everything to us.”
She added: “At Digital Harbor High School, we’re focused on technology. Computers kept us connected during the COVID closures, and so we’re so happy that we can continue on trend…We’re going to stay focused.”
According to the broadcaster, Swinton-Buck has led Digital Harbor High School for three years and has had exceptional engagement, support, and bonding with the students throughout her tenure.
With Swinton-Buck’s influence, the school has reportedly seen “record-setting impacts in attendance, grade averages and graduation rates.”
But the support she shows the students doesn’t stop with academics. The Baltimore school also has a free barbershop and a free resource room of personal care and household items for students.
“If students’ needs are not met in other places that show up in the classroom. I want to be able to bridge those gaps for students in any way that we need for them and their families so they can show up as their best selves,” Swinton-Buck said.
The school also featured in TODAY’s “Once in a Lifetime” series. The segment is a collaboration with NBC Sports “to visit the hometowns that host football games on NBC to shine a spotlight on people making a difference in those communities,” according to TODAY.