The Augusta Rotary Club in collaboration with the International Rotary Organization presented Augusta Independent Schools with a check for $3,000.00 to purchase additional Chromebook devices. The money was awarded as part of a matching grant program.
Currently at Augusta Independent, each student in grades 6-12 has an assigned Chromebook. Kindergarten-5th classrooms have at least 7 devices per room for student use.
"This latest donation will allow us to expand our 1:1 (one-to-one) initiative down to 5th grade," Technology Director Tim Litteral stated. "We will be able to purchase 14 Chromebooks with these funds, and combined with the Chromebooks the 5th grade classroom already has, this will mean every 5th grade student will be assigned a Chromebook to use during the school day."
According to Principal Robin Kelsch, the addition of the Chromebooks will help the school in meeting their goals of having every student on grade level in reading and math. "We have invested significant resources into the iReady Toolbox, which provides students individualized reading and math instruction at their level, "Kelsch said. "This is an online program, so the more students we can have on a device at one time, the easier it is for the teachers to implement and the more impact the program can have."
Pictured are Tony Ruf, AIS Teacher, Tim Litteral, AIS Technology Director, Roger McManus, Augusta Rotary Club President and Tom Burke, Augusta Rotary Club Member. The faculty, staff and students of AIS are very appreciative of this grant and all the support the Augusta Rotary Club provides.