Kamran gives back to the West Haven school of his youth
Forest Elementary School, of West Haven, now has a new program for students in need, a partnership with Southern Connecticut State University’s baseball team, and a much-needed technology for its English Language Learners classroom, all thanks to a successful alumnus who remembered this roots.
Kamran Farid – who attended Forest in the mid-1980s and went on to co-found Edible Arrangements, a popular worldwide fruit bouquet company, has donated iPad minis, headsets, cases and keyboards for the school’s ELL students, as well as started a new food backpack program. This is just the beginning of his work with the school, he said.
He visited his old stomping ground with two of his daughters, Salma and Zairah, to meet with the school officials and the students to see how the iPads are enhancing learning for Forest’s ELL youngsters. He was an original ELL student himself and wanted to give back to the program that helped him learn English as a child.
Thanks to Farid’s donation the iPads not only present a lesson in a new way but they also give the students a chance to work with technology they may not have access to at home.