The first project of the Fund was to ensure that all students, teachers, and administrators in the School District (K-12) have Internet-enabled computers at home. The Fund has made an ongoing commitment to assist District families in obtaining affordable bank financing for a computer purchase or - depending on need - even borrow a computer at no charge for as long as the student is enrolled in the District.
The goal of this project has been to close the "digital divide" - the gap between technological "haves" and "have-nots" - in our school community. Our students will have the skills not only to cope with the New Economy, but also to thrive in it.
With the computer infrastructure in place, the Fund launched an annual competitive grants program to make creative or more effective use of this resource, including advanced teacher training, course enhancements, teacher/student initiatives, and evaluation and acquisition of new educational technology (both hardware and software) as it becomes available.