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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Microsoft Donates $300,000 in Software to HISD Foundation


Today at the opening of the new Microsoft Store in the Galleria, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner presented a check to HISD Foundation President Tina Medlin in the amount of $300,000 in donated software. Ms. Medlin said, “The amount was based on online voting connected to the opening of the new store. We rallied our employees and the HISD community and in the end the online votes amounted to $300,000 in donated software. I want to personally thank everyone who voted.”


HISD Superintendent Terry Grier attended the check presentation. Dr. Grier said, “More than 80 percent of our children are considered to be disadvantaged. With this donation, Microsoft is providing our children with technological opportunities they might not otherwise have.”


About the HISD Foundation: The HISD Foundation partners with the district to raise private support, manage funds and provide donor accountability. Funds raised by the HISD Foundation and district leaders provide resources to advance the core initiatives of the district’s Strategic Direction. The Foundation’s fundraising efforts focus on institutional priorities set by the superintendent of schools and board of education. A separate 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, the Foundation is managed by a volunteer board of business, community and philanthropic leaders. The Foundation’s programming is aligned with the district’s five core initiatives: (1)Effective Teacher in Every Classroom; (2) Effective Principal in Every Classroom; (3) Rigorous Instructional Standards & Supports; (4) Data-Driven Accountability; (5) Culture of Trust through Action. For more information about the HISD Foundation please visit


The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees. For more information, visit the HISD Web site at

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