Elementary School Receives Local Grant Toward Computer Project
Yellville-Summit Elementary School will receive financial assistance
from the South Shore Foundation to extend the high school and middle
school computer network to the elementary school. According to
Y-S Elementary project coordinators, Pamela May and Marla Walker,
the school may become a model for the use of technology in elementary
classrooms. Y-S Elementary will receive a grant of $67,300 from
the U.S. Department of Education that will furnish 45 computers
and 22 internal scan converters, plus various software. The funds
are authorized under the Goals 2000: Educate America Act.
The South Shore Foundation will add a grant of $5,750 for accessories
to advance the technology project, including wireless keyboards,
DVD players and a laser printer to be shared by the elementary
The Y-S Elementary Technology
Plan calls for two computers in every elementary classroom for
testing student math and literacy levels, creating multimedia
presentations using computer software, and students’ creating Web-based materials. One of the computers
in each classroom will be used for group instruction with hookups
to a TV or video projector. Acomputer will be installed in the
Parent Center to allow parents access to view the student’s
Web sites, and teachers will be offered a $100 honorarium to develop
computer mastery on their own time through the Internet with ACTNow,
a Web-based professional development tool.
South Shore Foundation is the charitable foundation of Northern
Arkansas Telephone Company. The foundation makes grants to nonprofit
agencies to advance education, preserve the environment, develop
the local economy, and assist in community betterment. NATCO President
Steven G. Sanders chairs the board of trustees of the foundation.
For more information or a grant application, call 870-453-3333.