COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 119

June 2, 2006

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

 

SUBJECT:

Adobe Donates Software to Schools

 

Beginning June 1, 2006, the Adobe Product Donation Program for schools, administered by Gifts In Kind International, will provide eligible schools in Virginia with the tools they need to provide digital technology and visual literacy to students and teachers.

 

Eligible schools may request up to four software packages from the titles listed under Group A or one package from the titles listed under Group B. Each package provides licensing for one computer. No additional licenses or program upgrades are available through this donation program. Based on eligibility and availability, schools may be awarded only a portion of their request and must prioritize their selection during the application process.

 

Group A: Acrobat Professional, Contribute 3, Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, Fireworks, In Design CS2, Illustrator CS2, PageMaker V.7.2.0.2, Photoshop CS2, Premiere Professional V.2.0.

 

Group B: Creative Suite 2, Design bundle, Web bundle, Video bundle.

 

In order to recover its costs for administering this program, Gifts In Kind charges a modest administrative and shipping fee of $35 per Group A package and a $140 administrative and shipping fee for the Group B package. In addition, if you are not a member of Gifts In Kind, you will be charged an additional $25 on your entire first order. You will not be charged for any portion of the order that is not approved or will be given a refund if payment was made by check. Check orders denied in full will have the check returned. Donations will be evaluated against the eligibility guidelines (see below) and matched, while supplies last, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Schools may apply once a calendar year for a donation. Software cannot be used for raffles, door prizes, auctions, or other fundraising activities or individual student awards. The software must be used on the school's premises for its capacity building or for educational purposes.

 

Eligibility Guidelines:

 

Through this program, Adobe supports schools that have a National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) # (Your schools NCES # may be found at (<http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/>). Eligible schools should have programs that enable and inspire K-12 students to think creatively, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively by focusing on the use of digital technology and visual literacy in schools. Applicants must incorporate these technologies in their curricula and indicate how they are incorporating these technologies on their application. Eligible organizations in this program include K-12 public schools and school districts as well as private schools.

 

Eligible organizations must also meet ALL of the following criteria: have an annual budget of $10 million or less, be an accredited public or private school, must provide a non-discrimination policy showing that the school

does not advocate, support or practice unlawful discrimination based on race, religion, age, national origin, language, sex, sexual preference, or physical handicap in the administration of its services or employment practices, and must focus on the use of digital technology and visual literacy in schools.

 

Schools wishing to submit an application should visit (https://adobeprograms.giftsinkind.org/) beginning June 1, 2006.

 

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