School wiped clean of computers in theft gets donations

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The Sharon Junior Academy School -- a religious school in Milwaukee, has announced it has received computer donations following a theft that left them with no computers at all for the 2013-2014 school year.

A school spokeswoman told FOX6 News the first donation of 30 computers was donated by MPS after and MPS employee saw the story and contacted the school.

The spokeswoman says an additional six computers was donated by the Milwaukee Police Association.

The school, located near 13th and Meinecke didn't want to have to give up after the thefts. The school is known to open its doors to the community, and let kids in the neighborhood use its gym and play basketball.

A school official says the kids were devastated after two thefts left the school without any computers. The contents of the entire computer lab were taken, including monitors, computers, laptops, desktops, keyboards and cables.

The school's adjoining church hasn't been able to raise enough funds to buy new equipment.

"My heart just really goes out because we don't want to bring our young people back and begin to teach them the things they need to be successful as they go on to high school and then go onto college and we still don't have the computers. We know that technology is very significant in our world today," a Sharon Junior Academy official said.

Now, any money raised may be used to do something the church and school never imagined: reinforce and lock the doors they wanted to have open for all.

"I just can't believe it that somebody would come into the school and take every computer. Every one.  And just walk out the door as if they could care less about the education of the children in this community and it's really just hard to believe that somebody would do that," a Sharon Junior Academy official said.

Police have not been able to make any arrests.