D51 Foundation donates Chromebook devices to West, Central students

D51 Foundation donates Chromebook devices to West, Central students
Posted on 11/15/2017

On Monday, November 13, 2017, the School District 51 Foundation and the Western Colorado Community Foundation presented 30 Chromebooks to West Middle School and 34 Chromebooks to Central High School to be used in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. The presentation took place at West Middle School, 123 W. Orchard Ave.

This generous donation of 64 Chromebooks was made in honor of retiring Superintendent Steve Schultz’s 35 years of service to School District 51. Principals and students shared with Mr. Schultz and others who attended Monday’s presentation how they’ve been able to use the new technology in their classes, and how they plan to use the additional devices.

“The Chromebooks helped to extend our learning farther than we could on paper because we could see shapes in three-dimensional ways,” said East Middle School student Jason Miller.

East Middle School teacher and MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) program advisor Heidi Ragsdale said having Chromebooks in the classroom helps students learn and explore in ways not possible before. Having Chromebooks connects students to web site, software, and programs that help them research and complete projects in new ways.

The mission of the School District 51 Foundation is to raise funds for academic growth and achievement and to promote outreach to benefit kids and the community. This year’s funding priorities are technology for students and professional learning for teachers. The mission of the Western Colorado Community Foundation is to promote charitable giving, build and manage charitable funds for community good, and provide grants, scholarships and other resources to benefit the residents and communities of western Colorado.

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