Grammy Award-Winning Music Legend Dionne Warwick Earns Humanitarian Award
Legendary singer and actress Dionne Warwick unveiled a new technology lab
that includes HP desktops, notebooks and camcorders at the Dionne Warwick
Institute. HP surprised Warwick and the school with its latest product designed
specifically for elementary school students, the HP Mini 100e PCs, customized
with the school logo.
EAST ORANGE, N.J. — Kicking off the new school year, legendary singer and
actress Dionne Warwick unveiled a new technology lab that includes HP (NYSE:HPQ) camcorders and desktop and notebook PCs loaded with education software at the Dionne Warwick Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship.
East Orange, N.J., city and school district officials joined the students in
welcoming Warwick as she addressed the school on the importance of technology in
education and unlocking student potential.
“HP has been at the forefront of providing computers and setting up
state-of-the-art computer labs for schools worldwide,” said Warwick. “I am proud
to say they have thought enough of my ‘babies’ at the Dionne Warwick Institute
to provide a complete computer lab furthering my children’s computer learning
skills in such an environment.”
From prekindergarten through fifth grade, students at Dionne Warwick
Institute are exposed to progressive themes in economics and entrepreneurship
that also incorporate elements of technology education. Students will use the
new HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One Business PCs featuring Adobe® Digital School
Collection and Microsoft® Office 2010 to design creative ads, keep inventory
records, calculate profit and loss statements, compose business plans and
produce multimedia presentations.
By fifth grade, the students have developed and practiced the skills needed
to establish and run their own businesses. Three times a year, during the
school-hosted “Market Day,” students put their business plans into action and
showcase original handmade products to sell for profit.
“We’re grateful for the generous gift from Ms. Warwick and her business
partner, Dave Wooley, and are so appreciative of the relationship that they have
formed with HP,” said Gloria P. Watson, principal, Dionne Warwick Institute. “We
are excited to put these incredible tools to practice as we teach our students
about the real world of business. Our students are eager to learn and having the
latest technology will empower them to do amazing things.”
The technology education theme is infused throughout the school and includes
students’ daily use of the internet to learn real-life skills. This includes
accessing websites to practice depositing into bank accounts to track
investments, visiting a virtual school cafeteria to purchase food and calculate
a tip, comparing membership prices at a gym, and purchasing from the toy store,
where students calculate total costs and make change for payments.
As Warwick celebrates 50 years in show business, she also will release on
Nov. 2 her memoir, “My Life, as I See It,” coauthored with David Freedman Wooley
and written on her product of choice – an HP notebook.
HP and its partners Adobe, Atomic Learning and Microsoft collaborated with
Warwick to donate the following products to the school:
Additional information about HP education offerings is available at www.hp.com/go/k12.
About Dionne Warwick Institute
Dionne Warwick Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship was one of 10
schools in the State of New Jersey recognized as a “Star School” by the New
Jersey State Department of Education. In March of 1999, Dionne Warwick Institute
became an America’s Choice School, a school with a solid curriculum that honors
the basics of reading, writing, mathematics and science.
Dionne Warwick Institute is one of the pioneers in the area of elementary
economics and entrepreneurship education; it is one of a few schools in the
nation developing and implementing this thematic curriculum.
In 2008, Dionne Warwick Institute was one of two schools, in the State of New
Jersey, recognized as a National Title 1 Distinguished School. On Dec. 1, 2003,
the National Center on Education and the Economy selected Dionne Warwick
Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship as a National Model School for the
Whole School Reform model, America’s Choice, in recognition of the school’s high
level of implementation of the design and the test results achieved in literacy
and mathematics. There are more than 500 America’s Choice Schools in the United
States and only 12 have been designated as national models.
HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One Business PCs
Mini 100e Education Edition netbook PCs
HP TouchSmart 9100 Business PCs
Adobe Digital School Collection
Atomic Learning Professional Development courses for teachers
Microsoft Office 2010