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Facebook is Replacing Stolen Computers at San Bruno’s El Crystal Elementary School

District is saved from having to pay $10,000 insurance deductible.

When thieves broke into El Crystal Elementary School just before Spring break they not only stole nearly 20 computers, but they also added a $10,000 expense to the San Bruno Park School District budget.

Now, thanks to an employee at the social media giant Facebook, El Crystal Elementary is getting replacement computers.

According to Facebook spokeswoman Alex Hollander the company got involved when Eric Sylvester, a program manager on the IT team at Facebook, heard about the theft from one of his colleagues who works at the San Mateo County Health Department.

Sylvester initiated the donation of the refurbished MacBookPro 15” computers and with the help of another colleague got them ready for delivery to El Crystal School.

Skip Johnson, the principal at El Crystal is currently out of town and not available for comment on the Facebook donation.

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Robert Riechel April 12, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Thank you FACEBOOK for stepping up when there was a need.
John Hanson April 12, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Thank You Facebook.
David Nakai April 12, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Thank you Facebook and Eric Sylvester!
Shirley April 12, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Wow ~ this is great news for El Crystal School & the SBPSD!! Thank you Facebook!! I hope EC can find a more secure way of locking up their valuables and I am looking forward to reading the Patch article telling us when the criminal is caught and sent to jail!
seannav April 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Thank you Facebook!!! El Crystal is so grateful for your generosity!!!
Deb April 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM
That is amazing news! So happy about this!!
bonnie Hawkins April 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM
What a lovely thing to do. , Thank you Facebook!
Alfonso Esqueda April 13, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Facebook is in Palo Alto and they are taking care of our school, yet YouTube is in San Bruno and they aren't doing diddly squat?
Peter Carey April 13, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Well done and thank you Facebook, Eric, and Anup.
Sandy April 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Thank you Erik and Facebook for your generosity. This gift is truly appreciated.
watchfultaxpayer April 14, 2013 at 05:29 AM
No doubt that is a windfall for the District but I could not help but puzzle over how that could have occurred with a security system. And why is the deductible $10,000 on what was originaly reported as 22 pads stolen??? Does that seem excessive ??? How much does one of those pads cost ??? This is a pubic elementary school. Just curious. If it is questionable as to why YouTube did not step up, one could also wonder why WalMart did not or the large real estate companies or anyone else that makes their profits located in San Bruno.Perhaps they feel their property tax is enough donation. I am surprised they are all located here anyway with the high cost of real estate.Perhaps we should not speak badly of YouTube for fear they will vacate and leave another empty building.
Christa Bigue (Editor) April 17, 2013 at 05:15 AM
That is awesome! Way to go Eric and Facebook for being so thoughtful and making such a big impact ... the best kind of philanthropy.

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