Flint students getting laptops thanks to Musk Foundation

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A donation from tech billionaire Elon Musk will provide laptop computers to middle school students in Flint, Michigan, as the city recovers from a contaminated water crisis.

The Elon Musk Foundation is giving about $424,000 for the project helping seventh and eighth grade students. The announcement was made Wednesday at a Flint school board meeting.

Superintendent Derrick Lopez says the schools are also using a separate Musk grant of $480,000 to for water filtration.

The water crisis stems from lead that leached from old water pipes into homes and buildings after the city began using water from the Flint River in 2014 without adding corrosion-control chemicals. Flint returned to Detroit’s water system in 2015.

Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors and the head of SpaceX.