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Shure Donates $79,000 in Earphones to Students

Providing students and teachers with Shure SE215 earphones for online learning is just one of the pandemic-related efforts the pro-audio manufacturer has made.

Shure Donates $79,000 in Earphones to Chicago Students
Shure has donated $79,000 worth of Shure SE215 Sound Isolating earphones to Chicago Public Schools. Dave Baum

Chicago, IL (May 8, 2020)—Remote learning isn’t always easy, especially if you don’t have the right tools. With that in mind, Shure has stepped up and donated $79,000 worth of Shure SE215 Sound Isolating earphones to Chicago Public Schools.

Thousands of Shure SE215 earphones were donated as they are compatible with smartphones and laptops, help eliminate distracting noises and were designed with an eye towards being worn for extended periods of time. They also have an inline mic for two-way communication between students and teachers. Select Chicago Public Schools on the South, West and North sides of Chicago have received the earphones to distribute to those who need them.

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“Once schools were closed, teachers, staff, and administrators were forced to move toward a new normal by having students and teachers use online learning tools like Google Meet,” said Jeffrey Finelli, principal at Edison Park Elementary School. “Shure made a donation specifically for families who were not fortunate enough to have the proper tools to help their child learn effectively at home. It made a world of difference for so many families. Students are now not distracted when they are participating in the live video conferences and able to communicate with their classmates. This was not possible before Shure made their generous donation.”

During the pandemic, Shure has also responded to COVID-19 in other ways, from donating N95 masks to a Chicago-area hospital, to providing support for the Chicago Independent Venue League, a collection of more than 20 music halls and performance venues, to making a corporate donation to Direct Relief, an organization working with authorities to provide personal protective equipment (PPEs) to health care workers in affected regions of the world.

“We are pleased to lend our support to Chicago Public Schools students and educators during this challenging and unprecedented time,” said Mark Brunner, vice president of Global Corporate and Government Relations at Shure. “This significant need for online learning tools presented an opportunity for Shure to fulfill what we consider to be a vital part of our corporate responsibility to our community.”

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