Upper Moreland foundation receives SMART boards
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.