Stacy Savides Sullivan launched the Sweet Shop with hopes of donating profits to local schools. From the time the little store opened last August at 994 Los Altos Ave., Sullivan promised to give back to the community where she grew up and her two sons attend school.
In April, the Google human resources director made good on that promise. She presented Santa Rita School Principal Alyssa Gallagher with $2,200 from the shop’s tip jar. The donation is earmarked for an interactive SMART Board, or electronic whiteboard, for the elementary school’s computer room.
The size of a standard classroom whiteboard, the device has a touch-screen display and connects to a computer and a projector. Using their fingers or pens as a mouse, teachers and students can access any computer application, file or multimedia platform, including the Internet, CD-ROMs and DVDs, Gallagher said. Users can write over applications in digital ink, then save their work, she added.
“The SMART Board engages students with diverse learning styles by providing both immediate access to a wide range of digital materials and a common focus for the entire class,” Gallagher said.
Though the Sweet Shop isn’t “officially profitable” yet, according to Savides Sullivan, accumulated tips have helped bridge that gap.
“Our staff agreed we wanted our first donation to be something in the area of technology to Santa Rita School – the school (that) has given us the most customers,” she said.
Gallagher said she asked for the SMART Board “to help us continue to make progress toward our goals of creating classroom environments that are preparing students for the 21st century.”
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