Grants At Work
Kindergarten teachers at Petersburg Elementary School set a goal for themselves. They would strive not only to expose all kindergarten students to technology-based learning, but also to reinforce the skills those students already had been taught.
The obstacle between setting the goal and achieving it was funding. Determined to find a solution, the Kindergarten teachers, led by Michelle Bennett, submitted a grant application to the Pike County Community Foundation during its yearly discretionary grant cycle. The teachers sought funds for 20 Unobooks and four Chromebooks. The PCCF funded the project and the teachers’ goal became a reality.
Bennett discussed the significance of the project and the PCCF’s grant. “With a high percentage of students coming from homes without accessibility to computers or tablets,” she explained, “it was essential to provide this learning process at school.” Bennett further stated that the much-needed technology is helping students in math and literature remediation and is improving the students’ literacy in technology.
“The technology has been a wonderful enhancement to our classrooms,” Bennett added. “And the PCCF transformed our dream into valuable educational tools by which our students are learning daily.”