Grants boost tech at Garvin County school – KTEN.com

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Students at Elmore City-Pernell Elementary are taking advantage of the latest technology. (KTEN)Students at Elmore City-Pernell Elementary are taking advantage of the latest technology. (KTEN)

ELMORE CITY, Okla. — Advancements in technology don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, and it’s especially important for schools to keep up with the trends.

That’s what’s happening at Elmore City-Pernell Elementary School.

“Because a lot of our curriculum is aligned to technology resources, and we wanted to provide our students with access to those resources,” Principal Sheila Riddle explained.

ECP Elementary started this technological renaissance six years ago when they received a grant going toward its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.

“We received a $65,000 grant from OETT (Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust), and throughout the years through local funds and federal funds,” Riddle said. 

A big chunk of that local funding came from Big Iron Oilfield Services in Garvin County. Last year the company donated about $50,000, and this year chipped in an additional $34,000 to go toward STEM education.

“We purchased 65 Chromebooks for our students in third through fifth grade, and 35 additional iPads that will work with our students in kindergarten through second,” Riddle said.

The latest donation came in the middle of September, and students and faculty are already seeing a difference.

“It gives them quick access in the classroom, so if they would like to research something they’ve been discussing then it’s easy access for those students to do that,” Riddle said.

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