ALPHA --Students at the AlWood Elementary school are excited about the improvements being made in the computer lab.|
The AlWood Academic Foundation has provided iPads in the classrooms, and hopes to purchase more for student use.
In the Foundation's first 20 years, marked in 2011, itsexpenditures for the district totaled $282,665, according to its most recent annual report.
"The (AlWood) staff said they would like to get into new computer hardware and this is a chance to do that," said AlWood Academic board president, Scott Garrett."The students like the iPads and the SmartBoards" that were purchased in recent years.
Other recent additions to interactive technology include the ELMO hardware, which allows a camera to project documents onto a screen where the user can zoom in or out to view it.
A new projector and the document camera will help first grade students work on their reading skills.
Gifts received by the AlWood Academic Foundation will be used exclusively for the improvement of educational programs for students and the district. It is mandatory that no money be used for the district's general budget or for athletics.
According to the Foundation, a minimum of 25 percent of all undesignated contributions will be placed in the endowment fund to ensure continued support for future generations of AlWood students.
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