SL elementary schools receive $10K for technology upgrades

Thanks to a former Jeffers Elementary School teacher, the Spring Lake Schools Foundation has gifted $10,202 in grants to Spring Lake teachers for everything from series books to digital storytelling and an iPad.
Marie Havenga
Feb 8, 2012


Carol Martin, a devoted kindergarten teacher for 33 years, left a substantial bequest to the foundation. Martin retired in 1993 and died in 2009, but the annual teacher grants for elementary-age students will continue in perpetuity through the endowed fund.

This year’s grants will provide additional reading and writing diagnostic resources; an iPad and iTouches for reading, writing and math technology; green-screen and digital-storytelling technology to integrate reading and writing into the elementary art programs; and series novels for sixth-grade classrooms.

Jennifer Gwinnup received a $1,000 grant for green-screen and digital-storytelling technology at Jeffers Elementary School.

“What I’m most excited about is it’s going to help kids learn in all different learning styles,” Gwinnup said of the video technology. “Some kids are visual learners and making videos will be helpful to them. Some are auditory learners and it will be helpful to hear themselves reading. I felt very honored that the foundation saw value in this technology.”

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