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Donation puts 50 Apple iPads at the fingertips of Shippensburg Area Senior High School students

15 January 2013 No Comment

By BRIAN HALL
@bkhallpo

Shippensburg Area Senior High School students have over $30,000 in new technology at their fingertips after a sizable donation.

The SASD Education Foundation gave the school 50 new Apple iPads and 24 iPad cases recently through the Virtual Vacations Grant.
The total amount of the gift was $30,038.

“We wouldn’t have been able to purchase this without the help of the foundation,” said Assistant Superintendent Beth Bender. “It’s rough financial times. These are the very things being cut from budgets.”

The foundation also gave $489 for books for Kindles. The school board approved the donations at Monday’s meeting.

Bender said the iPads are a benefit to students.

“In terms of trying to get 21st Century skills to students, these iPads and the ability to bring real-life applications to life are especially important at the high school level for advanced science students,” said Bender. “It’s become an integral part of the curriculum and what students are doing.”

Bender said the iPads will be separated into two mobile labs of iPads. Teachers will submit a proposal detailing how the iPads can best be used in the classroom before receiving approval.

It’s a process that’s worked well in the past, Bender said.

The district also recognized academic work at several buildings. The high school’s Advanced Placement program received honor roll status by the College Board and was recognized for its efforts. The school was one of 539 around the country and Canada to be named.

Grace B. Luhrs Elementary and Shippensburg Intermediate School were also recognized for their scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment.

“It’s exciting,” said Bender. “It’s the first time the school has made AYP. Even with the standards getting tougher, they still made AYP which is a great achievement for that school.”

Board members Troy Burkholder and Dwayne Burt were absent from the meeting.
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Brian Hall can be reached at 262-4811 and bkhall@publicopinionnews.com, or follow him on Twitter @bkhallpo.

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