Google donates laptops to Cristo Rey OKC

Students participating in Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School’s Corporate Work Study Program will each be outfitted with a MacBook laptop, courtesy of a generous donation from Google.

The company donated 150 refurbished laptops, enough for every student in Cristo Rey OKC’s freshman class, as part of its Google Goodware program that supports nonprofits.

“Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program is providing students with valuable work skills and putting them on a path to success,” said Andrew Silvestri, Google’s regional head of community affairs. “We are grateful to be able to support their education with technology that will enable them to hone the skills they need to succeed both in school and in their future careers."

Cristo Rey OKC is a new school that exclusively serves children from families with limited economic means. It is part of the national Cristo Rey Network known for its unique work study program in which students work one day a week at local partnering companies. The income earned by each student offsets the majority of their tuition costs. Cristo Rey OKC will open its doors to its first class of students in Fall 2018.

Cristo Rey OKC President Renee Porter said the school is thrilled to have Google’s support.

“Our mission is to provide a world-class education to students who otherwise would not be able to receive one,” Porter said. “That would not be possible without corporate partners like Google who share that vision and commitment to educating a new generation of motivated, highly-skilled Oklahomans. We are extremely grateful for their support and for the investment they are making in our students.” 

To apply to Cristo Rey, go online to CristoReyOKC.org.