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IT company donates 100 backpacks to schools

Published 11:06am Thursday, August 16, 2012

Austin Public Schools got a big boost from its student IT network this month.

Infinite Campus recently donated 100 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to the district as part of its 2012 Campus Community Citizenship Committee Backpack Drive. The company designed student information system that allows teachers to post grades, assignments and class materials while giving parents access to those items.

“We had a good working relationship and they wanted to help us out,” said Corey Haugen, Austin’s director of information and technology.

Haugen said the district has used Infinite Campus since 2009, and while he wasn’t sure why Austin was picked, he was more than happy to accept the donations.

100 backpacks stuffed with things like pencil sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, glue folders, pens, pencils, markers and colored pencils have been distributed among Sumner, Banfield, Southgate, and Neveln Elementary Schools as well as Woodson Kindergarten Center. Those backpacks will be given to students in need at each building once the school year begins.

The only thing Infinite Campus forgot, Haugen joked, was the free laptops to go with all those school supplies.

“I did give ‘em a hard time, I said they could put laptops inside all those backpacks,” he said.

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