When it comes to inspiring middle school students to dream big, there’s no one more appropriate to deliver that message than NBA Hall of Famer, business leader and philanthropist Shaquille O'Neal.

Epson and Shaquille O'Neal Collaborate with Communities In Schools of Los Angeles
Epson and Shaquille O'Neal Collaborate with Communities In Schools of Los Angeles

Last week, Epson’s CEO Keith Kratzberg and Shaq visited Daniel Webster Middle School as part of the “Epson and Shaq Give Back” program in collaboration with Communities in Schools (CIS) of Los Angeles, to encourage students to pursue their dreams and take advantage of every opportunity available.

During the Daniel Webster Middle School event, students heard first-hand from Keith and Shaq about their career dreams, and how a strong education helped shape them into who they are today. This included a candid series of questions about their time in school, mentors and advice on future careers, as well as exciting Epson product demos that let the students experience how impactful, vibrant and life-like their school work and homework can be. Festivities also included a school-wide pep rally, followed by Keith and Shaq celebrating Daniel Webster department heads for all they do for their students, with a presentation of Epson printing and home theater solutions.

“I believe that technology can take education to another level for kids, making it an exciting and fun experience,” Shaq said. “The kids at Daniel Webster Middle School are definitely on the right track with big hopes and dreams, and I’m excited to share tech tools to help them reach those goals.”

The “Epson and Shaq Give Back” program helps teachers and students of CIS create a transformative learning environment to help expand students’ imaginations, inspire career dreams, and motivate them to dream big using Epson technology – including its cartridge-free printers, 3LCD projectors and whiteboards. The visit to Daniel Webster Middle School represented a donation of Epson solutions to CIS of Los Angeles partner schools and administrative offices including EcoTank ET-4760 cartridge-free all-in-one printers and PowerLite W39 3LCD projectors.

“Listening to the students at Daniel Webster Middle School reminded me how important it is to dream big and that anything is possible,” said Keith Kratzberg. “Technology in the classroom can enhance the learning process and provide new ways of expression, giving students the opportunity to do more than they thought possible. Epson strives to support environments that inspire students and teachers to enjoy learning and teaching, and we are thrilled to provide this to the CIS of Los Angeles family.”

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