SALEMBURG — With goals to keep up with learning in the 21st Century, local teachers are looking forward to putting more laptops in the hands of their students, thanks to a generous donation.
Salemburg Elementary School was awarded with 17 Hewlett-Packard Stream computers. The Amos and Alice Butler Lakewood School Area Education Fund donated $4,902 for the technology needs. Dr. Stephen Butler established the scholarship in 2005 to honor his late parents. The purpose of the endowment is to support programs and projects, which promotes education for students in the Lakewood school area.
Principal Gerald Johnson said that he’s very excited that Salemburg Elementary is a recipient of the grant, which helps Lakewood students.
“It’s great to be able to add additional technology to what we currently have,” Johnson said. “The HP Streams we plan to purchase will help us reach the digital literacy needs of our students.”
Diana Herwy, chair of the School Improvement Team, led the grant writing process for a proposal called “Your Vision, Our Future.”According to the team, having up-to-date technology is a major need for the school, with and enrollment close to 500 students.
“We are way behind in technology and even some of the teachers computers don’t work anymore,” Herwy said. “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity and I think schools should be writing grants to fulfill their needs.”
Salemburg Elementary has a Hispanic population of 41 percent and school officials said computers are essential to help with English language education. During previous years, members of the school improvement team worked to receive grants for computers through other sources. One of the recent donations came from Donnie M. Royal Foundation, which provided money in July.
Money from the Amos and Alice Butler grant is awarded based on specific needs for certain schools. Along with computer and technology, some of the other needs may include teacher training, seed funding for education programs, and early-intervention efforts. The Lakewood-based education fund is a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF), a statewide organization which has awarded more than $130 million since its creation in 1988.
Anne Sorhagen, NCCF Southeastern Regional Director, said the Lakewood Area Foundation was pleased to support projects that promotes education for children in the area. in 2017, the Education Fund also provided grant funding to Lakewood High School, Roseboro Elementary School and Roseboro-Salemburg Middle School.
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