Up­per Moreland foun­da­tion re­ceives SMART boards

Public Spirit - - OPINION - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.com

The Up­per Moreland Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion pre­sented the school board with nearly a dozen new SMART boards for district class­rooms Feb. 26. 80EF WUHDVuUHU DnG fi­nance com­mit­tee Chair­man Gor­don Leis­ter pre­sented the board with 11 SMART boards and nec­es­sary equip­ment as part of a tech­nol­ogy ini­tia­tive. Ac­cord­ing to Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Mil­rod, the ed­u­ca­tion foun­da­tion has do­nated 33 boards in to­tal.

“The goal of the ini­tia­tive is to raise pub­lic funds to make sure there is an in­ter­ac­tive white board in ev­ery class­room,” Mil­rod said. “It changes the way peo­ple teach and the way peo­ple learn.”

Leis­ter said the foun­da­tion was able to raise the $30,344 to pur­chase the SMART boards through a Penn­syl­va­nia grant that al­lows the or­ga­ni­za­tion to seek fund­ing from lo­cal busi­nesses. He said Hat­boro Fed­eral Sav­ings and Susque­hanna banks do­nated thou­sands of dol­lars to­wards the pur­chase. He also said foun­da­tion events, such as the Har­lem Wizards game Feb. 8, con­trib­ute to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s tech­nol­ogy ini­tia­tive.

With the do­na­tion of the 11 new boards, Leis­ter said, the foun­da­tion has spent more than $110,000 for the equip­ment. Mil­rod said the foun­da­tion’s tech­nol­ogy ini­tia­tive has do­nated enough boards for ap­prox­i­mately 40 per­cent of the district’s need. Both Mil­rod and the board were thank­ful for the as­sis­tance from the foun­da­tion.

In or­der for teach­ers to re­ceive the boards, Mil­rod said, they have to ap­ply to the foun- da­tion and write a pro­posal stat­ing what it would be used for and how it would change learn­ing in their class­room. Ad­di­tion­ally, they have to take a train­ing course on how to prop­erly use the board.

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