Classroom Grants, Chromebooks and Connectivity
The Vigo County Education Foundation (VCEF) is committed to supporting the students of the Vigo County School Corporation, whether learning takes place in the classroom or remotely. While maintaining our focus on supporting classroom teachers, this academic year the Foundation is strategically addressing district wide needs. Since the outset of this highly unusual school year, the Foundation has granted over $129,000 for classroom mini grants, SmartBus WiFi hotspots and Chromebooks to Vigo County schools.
One hundred seventy-three Chromebooks will be distributed to second grade students in schools with the highest free and reduced rates. Children in second grade are on the cusp of transitioning from learning to read, to reading to learn. Connectivity and access to technology should not be a barrier to achieving educational excellence. Information Technology Director Doug Miller reports, "In November, all second grade students will receive Chromebooks which will help make learning more enjoyable and engaging for students. Students look forward to exploring and learning new information through classroom digital platforms, new Google apps, virtual websites and experiences, videos, and interactive activities and games."
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Karen Goeller added, "Second grade students are working daily to strengthen their reading performances. The new devices will enable them to access digital reading programs and ensure a strong literacy foundation for future learning."
Connecting to the internet has been made more accessible through the funding of fifteen mobile WiFi units, which will be placed on school buses and parked throughout the county when and where needed.
The Vigo County Education Foundation relies on community partners to help enrich education, address educational inequity, and equip teachers with the tools to provide creative, engaging educational experiences for their students. One such partner is the Fleschner Family Foundation, whose trustees said they give to the Vigo County Education Foundation "in honor of all the great teachers in the Vigo County School Corporation that have made a difference in our lives."
Vigo County students deserve every opportunity for success in the classroom and in life. You make this possible. Go to vigocountyeducationfoundation.org to learn more.