La Follette Middle School 8th grade math teacher, Olivia Lobertini requested two iPads and in the end she received 28.

Through a written request to, she was able to receive the two iPads, but she needed 26 more to have one for everyone of her students.  Lobertini figured if she could at least come up with half of the 28, it would be a step in the right direction.

In came retired United Airline Pilot Dale Bruskotter. When he closed on his Sugar Hollow Lake home this spring, he sent word to Lobertini to come to the closing.  He presented the young woman, who he calls an angel, with a check for $1,000.  Lobertini told him the money was going toward buying two more iPads for her classroom and explained her plan and progress.

Thanks to Dale Bruskotter, (far right) students at LaFollette Middle School will be able to use iPads in math class.

Bruskotter surmised that from here, it was a long, long way to 28 iPads.  He quietly went to work calling in a few favors from some of his old United Airlines contacts and securing help from United’s “United in the Community” charitable partnership arm.  In the end, he came away with 24 more iPads.

Needless to say, life and learning will be dramatically different in Classroom 406 come August.  The ecstatic Lobertini can’t wait.

Yesterday there was a presentation ceremony of the iPads from Bruskotter, on behalf of United Airlines, at the Campbell County Board of Education Central Office at Jacksboro.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 6/14/18 6AM)

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