Apple CEO Tim Cook donates $100,000 to high school band

Apple CEO Tim Cook donated $ 100,000 to support the band he attended high school in Alabama to buy new instruments.

This gift to the Robertsdale High School Band was used by the Baldwin County Public School System to purchase 28 new instruments for students. The new instruments include flutes, horns and tubas, according to Alabama news outlet .

“These instruments will enhance the entire band and provide instruments for students this year and for many years to come. The Robertsdale Band has grown every year, and that’s what the band needs,” said Chastity Reddick.

Cook, who graduated from Robertsdale High School in 1978, has a special connection to the school's band program, where he played the trombone.

The Baldwin County School District is still raising funds for the remaining $40,000 to help with the program, and school officials said they are grateful for the gift.

"Due to our growth, we discovered that we didn't have enough instruments for the upcoming fall. We had more students than instruments and needed $140,000 to make that happen," said band director LT Hughes in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

This isn't the first time Cook has supported students at his alma mater. As early as 2021, the Apple CEO launched a scholarship program to provide financial aid to students who demonstrate "courage, creativity, curiosity, academics [and] leadership."

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