HP Welcomes Home Hoboken Charter School Students with Technology Donation

It’s been 13 months since students at the Hoboken Charter School in Hoboken, N.J. have seen their classrooms. During the second day of the 2012 school year, a massive fire swept through the building, severely damaging the structure. Though no students were hurt, the damage necessitated the relocation of the school’s K-8th grade program to a temporary facility in Jersey City.

Last Wednesday, the school’s 198 students returned for the first time since the fire. Students resumed their studies at a familiar address, though in a building they might not have recognized; the all-encompassing renovation effort had yielded a considerably safer and more modern facility.

The re-built school that welcomed students on October 30 was made possible through the hard work and generosity of dedicated parents and local businesses, along with a donation from Hewlett-Packard. After a site visit to assess the needs of the school, HP donated $425,000-worth of new computers, printers and high-powered networking equipment and servers to best help the students learn.

With this innovative new tech, Hoboken Charter School has reemerged as one of the most technologically-advanced facilities in the region. The students are already benefitting from being connected with new learning opportunities.

HP has a long history of supporting education through technology, and we believe that technology will play an increasingly vital role in education. As the workforce becomes more and more dependent on computer skills, these opportunities are critical to the success of this future generation. The Hoboken Charter School family has demonstrated impressive resiliency, and we hope that our donation helps prepare graduating classes for years to come.