A royal gesture: Kings foundation steps forward to help Magnolia students get new iPads after theft | TheUnion.com

A royal gesture: Kings foundation steps forward to help Magnolia students get new iPads after theft

Magnolia School sustained extensive damage during a vandalism and burglary spree.
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In response to the last week’s vandalism and theft at Magnolia Intermediate School, the Sacramento Kings Foundation announced it would #RallyForMagnolia.

From now until the end of the month, at least, the Kings Foundation will host an online fundraiser to replace iPads that were stolen in the break-in.

The Kings Foundation will match donations dollar for dollar, and anyone can donate at https://handbid.com/auctions/rally-for-magnolia/. The fundraiser, which launched Monday, already had registered $60 and one iPad in donations as of early Monday evening.

“On Friday, many folks who work here saw the story pop up on a couple of news outlets about the vandalism,” explained Scott Moak, vice-president of community impact for the Kings. “We felt compelled, people were feeling we’ve got to do something here. Thinking about these kids who would get the school year started off this way just didn’t seem right to us.”

Magnolia Intermediate School was vandalized and burglarized some time between 4 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday.

The suspects broke numerous windows throughout the school in order to gain entry to the interior, stealing approximately 30 iPads and at least two iMac computers.

Several fire extinguishers were discharged throughout the interior of the main building, causing additional damage.

The Little League shack at Bear River High School’s fields and a storage shed where a PA system is kept also were broken into. The suspects took some Peavey amplifiers, but they were located after having been dumped in the brush.

Three women were arrested Saturday after Nevada County Sheriff’s detectives served a warrant at a nearby residence, but the computers and iPads were not recovered and the investigation is ongoing.

The Kings Foundation staff wanted to take advantage of their platform and publicize the need to replace the missing iPads, Moak explained.

“We have a donation portal, so we jumped into action and put together an opportunity for people to donate money or an iPad, with the goal of replacing the 30 or so iPads stolen,” he said. “The foundation will match the donations. This is a chance to turn the story around a little bit, so that the students can come back to school knowing someone cared … It was a no-brainer.”

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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