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Bak USA donates 500 computers to The Teacher’s Desk, local classrooms


BUFFALO, New York—December 20, 2017—Bak USA, a social enterprise that builds mobile computers in downtown Buffalo, New York, announced today that it has donated 500 computers to 32 local teachers through The Teacher’s Desk, an organization that distributes free school supplies to underserved classrooms in Western New York.

“As a social enterprise, our mission is to find opportunities to serve our community,” said J.P. Bak, chairman & CEO of Bak USA. “We have always been committed to education and technology, so we were very excited to partner with The Teacher’s Desk, which provides so many valuable supplies and resources to schools all over Western New York.”

“We believe that every child deserves the same access to supplies, no matter where they live or learn,” said John Mika, director of The Teacher’s Desk. “Our partnership with Bak USA means that hundreds of well-deserving students and their teachers can access high-tech learning experiences at absolutely zero cost to them. These computers will help students develop the skills they need to succeed in school, college, and their careers. We’re very proud to work with Bak USA to make that happen.”

Bak USA’s donation to The Teacher’s Desk increases by more than 5% the number of Bak USA mobile computers in use by Buffalo Public Schools.

The Teacher’s Desk provides free books, school supplies, and teacher resources to educators who work in schools where at least 70% of students participate in a federally assisted meal program.

To apply for a set of classroom computers, teachers submitted a short application identifying which computers were best for their classrooms, how they planned to use them, and what impact the computers would make on teaching and learning. The applications were reviewed by a team of educators and employees at both Bak USA and The Teacher’s Desk.

Seventy-two teachers from 52 different schools submitted application materials. Of that number, 32 teachers were awarded one classroom set of Bak Board tablets, Atlas 10 laptops, or Atlas 12 laptops from Bak USA.


Teachers receiving a donation of classroom computers:

Atlas 12

  • Abigail Petril, 10th grade, Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo
  • Stephanie Wright, Pre-K to 12th grade, West Seneca Continuing/Community Education, West Seneca

Atlas 10

  • Valerie Bernal, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 5th to 12th grade, Math Science Technology Preparatory School, Buffalo
  • Jill Birmingham, 4th grade, William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence, Buffalo
  • Megan Boggs, Pre-K, BUILD Academy, Buffalo
  • Debby Maeder, 3rd grade, Lorraine Academy Public School, Blasdell
  • Sara Morreale, 4th and 5th grade, Hyde Park Elementary School, Niagara Falls
  • Sara Palumbo, 5th grade, School 81, Buffalo
  • Colleen Rea, 4th grade, D’Youville Porter Campus School, Buffalo
  • Megan Szpylman, 3rd grade, Union East Elementary School, Cheektowaga
  • Crystaline Wilcox, Pre-K, Waterfront Elementary School, Buffalo
  • Susan Winkel, 5th grade, Houghton Academy, Buffalo

Bak Board

  • Mary Ellen Bossert, Kindergarten and 1st grade, Reach Academy Charter School, Buffalo
  • Megan Carvellera, Kindergarten, Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet Annex, Buffalo
  • Maria Cellino, 5th and 6th grade, Health Care Center for Children at the Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo
  • Deborah Dourlain, 9th to 12th grade, Hutchinson Central Technical School, Buffalo
  • Bonnie Elniski, 1st grade, Herman Badilo Bilingual Academy, Buffalo
  • Meghan Feraldi, Kindergarten to 8th grade, Buffalo Elementary School of Technology, Buffalo
  • Sandra Gradolph, 2nd grade, D’Youville Porter Campus School, Buffalo
  • Deborah Jax, Kindergarten, Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center, Buffalo
  • Heather Kaiser, 3rd grade, Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center, Buffalo
  • Jennifer Kosobucki, 3rd grade, Houghton Academy, Buffalo
  • Christine Meyers, Kindergarten to 5th grade, Tapestry Charter School, Buffalo
  • Kim Napierala, 1st grade, Community School, Buffalo
  • Sarah Rejent, 4th grade, William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence, Buffalo
  • Genie Rohl, 3rd grade, Lovejoy Discovery School, Buffalo
  • Brian Rosintoski, Pre-K to 4th grade, Roosevelt Early Childhood Center, Buffalo
  • Shannon Savage, Kindergarten to 6th grade, Geraldine J. Mann School, Niagara Falls
  • Janine Schuster, Kindergarten, Buffalo Elementary School of Technology, Buffalo
  • Janet Venator, Pre-K to 8th grade, Westminster Community Charter School, Buffalo
  • Jessica Wagner, 1st grade, Buffalo School Bilingual Center, Buffalo
  • Elizabeth Ziegler, 1st grade, D’Youville Porter Campus School, Buffalo


About the computers

200 Bak Board Tablets – 20 classroom sets of 10
The Bak Board is the original tablet from Bak USA. Each Bak Board runs on Android OS and was pre-loaded with a variety of educational tools and apps.

250 Atlas 10 Laptops – 10 classroom sets of 25
The Atlas 10 is part of Bak USA’s Atlas Series: 2-in-1 laptops that are purpose-built for education. The Atlas 10 runs on Windows OS and features a detachable keyboard, equipping it for use as both a laptop and a tablet.

50 Atlas 12 Laptops – 2 classroom sets of 25
The Atlas 12 is a slightly modified version of the Atlas 10. Instead of a detachable keyboard for 2-in-1 use, the Atlas 12 flips and folds 360°. The Atlas 12 runs on Windows OS and functions as both a laptop and a tablet.


“We have been very fortunate to learn and grow here in Buffalo, but we are even more grateful to share and celebrate progress with local schools, nonprofits, and businesses,” said Eva Bak, the vice president of the people team at Bak USA. “We hope these computers will create opportunities for teachers and students to explore innovative learning every day. Many thanks to The Teacher’s Desk for all their help!”


About The Teacher’s Desk
The Teacher’s Desk (@teachersdeskbuf) is the store in Buffalo, New York where teachers shop free for books, school supplies and teacher resources for students in their classrooms. Its mission is to distribute free school supplies to students in need, to encourage teachers, and to provide purpose through volunteerism.

About Bak USA
Bak USA (@bakusabuffalo) is a social impact enterprise that builds mobile computers in downtown Buffalo, New York, USA. Committed to building computers, empowering people, and changing lives, Bak USA is reinventing what it means to make it in America. Bak USA: Born in Buffalo. Built for the world.®

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