First-grade students at Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School in San Francisco’s Bayview District were surprised Jan. 14 by the donation of new laptops and tablets.

The 20 HP Chromebooks and 20 Amazon Fire HD tablets were donated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and its social impact partner, JV-MWH/Webcor.

“With these laptops and tablets, we hope these students will be inspired to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers,” SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly Jr. said in a news release.

The donated electronics will help students access a reading program designed to put kindergarten through second-grade children on an early path to college and careers.

“We believe every student should have access to the tools they need to thrive in the 21st century and community support helps make this possible,” San Francisco Board of Education President Stevon Cook said about the donation.

The donation is the result of a partnership with the SFPUC’s community benefits program, with the aim of preparing the next generation of environmental stewards.

“With these laptops and tablets, our students have new resources to explore and discover different ways of learning about their favorite subjects,” said school principal Vidrale Franklin.

Story originally published by Bay City News.