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Technology makes a big difference in local schools

January 24, 2014

5 schools gave updates on the impact of technology grants from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation last night at a forum at the Rotary Log Pavilion.

McCleary, Ocosta, Cosmopolis, Hoquiam, and Montesano were awarded grants totaling more than $130,000 in May of 2012.

The Community Foundation said that the idea began in 2011 when their Grants Committee had seen a particularly high number of requests for technology grants. They asked local schools to tell them what was needed, and how the Foundation could assist.

The schools submitted applications totaling over $190,000 with requests ranging from mobile iPad labs to Kindles, staff training and laptops.

Last night, the schools met to share success stories and struggles with adapting to the new technology.

Cosmopolis teacher Chris Cady said that when he came into the district 7 years ago, the biggest technology goal was to put landline telephones into each classroom. After this grant, the school now has a 1:1 ratio of iPad to student for 2nd-6th grade, and he said that the participation levels continue to grow.

Ocosta Superintendent Dr. Paula Akerlund said that the switch from textbook learning to iPads, it changed the entire dynamic and learning process of the school.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation gave out over $1.63 million in grants in 2013, and are currently accepting applications for new grants to benefit Grays Harbor.

You can find out more about the foundation by visiting their website at http://www.gh-cf.org.


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