Pat Bereskin had a plan: She, her husband and friends would head over to Bettendorf High School early Wednesday and buy 12 iPads at a deep discount.
Bereskin, and dozens of other customers, arrived at 9 a.m. to a sale of used iPads. Customers purchased the devices for $75 each, as part of a resale effort overseen by Travis Hansen, technology coordinator for the Bettendorf Community School District.
The 16GB Apple iPad 2 may normally sell for about $200. The devices in Bettendorf were purchased "as is," and customers were limited to buying two.
Some folks, including Bereskin, got creative.
Bereskin, a local artist, teaches at Mrs. B’s School of Art in Bettendorf and owns the Bereskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio in Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport.
In the future, Bereskin said a Bucktown colleague, Heidi Brandt, will offer a photography class for children in grades 6-12, among the Bucktown summer educational classes.
The purchase of the 12 iPads means children, no matter their families' means, will be able to use the tablet computer in the class, according to Bereskin, who is a Bettendorf graduate and 2015 member of the Bettendorf High School Hall of Honor.
"It was nice to be able to purchase these," she said.
The Bettendorf district has changed to using Chromebooks, Hansen said, and this year's sale was the second one offered. About 200 iPads were on sale from 9 a.m. to noon. A notice about the sale was published for several days in the Quad-City Times.
In 2016, the technology coordinator said the sale was during warmer weather and a line of customers reached around the high school. There were 500 devices for sale, and they sold out in less than one hour.
This year, the technology staff offered iPads used by elementary students, and by staff members. Each is four years old or older, he said.
"But this is a good way to recoup our costs," Hansen said.