FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – For more than 15 years, The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence has helped to acquire and distribute resources to the Highland Local Schools that supplement learning opportunities for students.
Each year, the Highland Schools moves closer to achieving its goal of purchasing and supplying all students in grades K-12 with their own Chromebook devices, also referred to as “1:1 technology.” The Highland Foundation is now joining the district in its quest to help make this goal a reality.
“Shortly after students and staff moved into the world of remote learning in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Highland Superintendent Catherine Aukerman submitted a grant proposal to our Foundation board,” explained Theresa Wright, Executive Director of The Foundation. “The need was very specific: The purchase of new Chromebooks to be used by Highland students.”
According to Superintendent Aukerman, in light of the pandemic, school districts across the country continue to prepare for all potential scenarios for the 2020-21 school year. While an in-person return to school is the goal, districts must have educational contingency models, including home distance learning. “As we move closer to a 1:1 student-to-technology device ratio, it will ultimately allow every student in the district to access content and complete assignments online, any time, at school or at home. There is so much digital content now available for our students. It is important for us to keep moving toward that 1:1 goal.”
The Foundation has committed $60,000 for the purchase of 260 devices, but Wright said they hope to do more. “Technology continues to change the way students learn, collaborate, create and communicate. While our board has committed to funding many technology needs over the years, we realize a gap still remains,” noted Wright.
That is why The Foundation has decided to launch “The Highland Strong Campaign.” The objective is to raise $70,000 toward an additional supply of student Chromebooks. “It is our hope, that through the generous support of our parents and community members, we can raise the funds needed to purchase additional devices to help the district realize its goal,” said Wright. “Any amount helps. Even a donation of $10 will offset the cost of software licensing and set up fees.”
Please visit www.HighlandStrong.com to make a donation or track the progress of the campaign. The Highland Strong Campaign runs through August 31.