The Glen Park Elementary students will not be able to use the 18 brand new iPads a teacher had donated. Photo by Andra Cernavskis of Everett's students who received a device donation by Facebook on 2013.

In anticipation of the beginning of the school year on Monday, teachers at Glen Park Elementary were getting ready to give students a surprise: 18 brand new iPads. The devices had been recently donated by another teacher. The unveiling on the first day of classes would encourage 3rd grade students to work on “thousands of special projects,” said Jean Robertson, the school principal.

The school on 151 Lippard Avenue was robbed yesterday at around 3:30p.m, according  police. “It appears that four people walked into the school through the front door during the work day and went through a few classrooms,” said spokesperson Danielle Newman.

“The suspects opened all doors and came in to take things. They took 18 iPads and a teacher’s wallet,” said Robertson.

Mission Mission broke the story this morning and published a photo of the surveillance footage taken by one of the school’s teachers. SFPD could not confirm that the people pictured in the images are the suspects, the footage is still under investigation.

The police estimates a loss of $9,000.

The students were unaware that they were going to receive the iPads “except for one little guy who will be very disappointed,” said principal Robertson. “We’ll work it out. Our community will come together”, she said

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Andrea hails from Mexico City and lives in the Mission where she works as a community interpreter. She has been involved with Mission Local since 2009 working as a translator and reporter.

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