Spring Valley Elementary receives grant for iPads

-- Chawanakee Unified School DistrictAugust 16, 2012 

Spring Valley Elementary School recently received an iPad grant from the Fresno Regional Foundation in the amount of $19,179. The grant will fund classroom iPads and support equipment that will be ready on the first day of school with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) integration.

"Our middle school students will benefit from both the hands on application in using one of the top digital platforms in the world while learning core educational concepts," said Principal Kelli Bryant. "This is truly an amazing opportunity for Spring Valley School and we look forward to the iPad's providing many years of enhanced education as our students prepare for Minarets High School and beyond."

The Fresno Regional Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life through philanthropy. Established in 1966, the foundation is a nonprofit community foundation serving California's Central San Joaquin Valley. The foundation works to improve lives by encouraging philanthropy and provide unique opportunities for individual donors, families, businesses and other foundations to invest in programs that address a wide spectrum of economic, social, educational, cultural and environmental needs.

In a June 14 Fresno Business Journal article on the award announcements, Fresno Regional Foundation CEO Dan DeSantis said that "the foundation believes we must invest in the next generation to ensure the San Joaquin Valley sees the positive changes we desire in the coming years."

Spring Valley Elementary School, with about 200 students, was one of eight recipients for this grant funding cycle and considers it a privilege to be alongside other awards such as California State University, Fresno, the Tech Connect Program, Boys and Girls Club of Fresno and a UC Berkeley summer youth program.

Parent/Teacher Club President Todd Sheller applied for the 2012 Youth Education Grant in collaboration with middle school teacher Tami Prince. Prince emphasis on math and expanding math educational techniques for all her middle school students lead the way in preparing for the challenging grant process.

"The extensive work on the grant by our parent support group and the work ahead in fully utilizing the iPad's capabilities is what I am really excited about," noted Bob Nelson, new Chawanakee Unified School District superintendent.

"I think the best educational opportunities are ahead of us and we are so very thankful for this grant as well as the recognition in what Spring Valley is accomplishing with our parents, teachers, staff and students," Nelson said.

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