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Alumnus Chad Ruskey donates to improve technology at Springfield High School, encourage local technological innovation

May 8, 2017

Springfield High School students will have access to a whole new mobile MacBook Air lab, thanks to a generous donation by alumnus Chad Ruskey, class of 1998.

A cart with 30 MacBook Air laptops will be available for teachers to check out for classroom use. Springfield High School has plans to use the lab in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses. The courses are hands-on, with a variety of opportunities for labs and projects, and require technology for research, data collection and analysis. The gift also advances District 186 in its goal to increase access to devices across all high schools as part of its five-year technology plan.

“We are honored to receive this donation from such an accomplished alumnus,” said Principal Lisa Leardi. “This mobile lab will add to the outstanding SHS experience for thousands of students. It will help us address the growing necessity to integrate technology into instruction and student work. We’re grateful beyond words, and look forward to the endless advantages and opportunities that this mobile lab will provide.”

Ruskey is an internet entrepreneur with 12 of years experience, specializing in software development, online marketing, startups, product strategy and monetization, and systems design. He was one of the key employee beneficiaries of Indeed’s acquisition in 2012 by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd., serving as head of business development at Indeed. He graduated from University of Illinois in 2002.

Ruskey is challenging other alumni to matching donations of at least $1,000, or the cost to purchase one device, so that Springfield High can begin building its next MacBook Air mobile lab.