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Princeton schools look for your help

Published: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 3:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 3:47 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Princeton Public Schools Foundation has mailed more than 600 letters seeking support for a foundation project to provide increased technology options for the Princeton Elementary School and the Princeton High School districts.

Though the main focus of the fundraising effort is technology, the foundation also has ongoing needs for its scholarship funds and grants distributed to classrooms, PPS Foundation Vice President Beth Bickerman said.

The items requested by the teachers most recently are interactive whiteboards, called SmartBoards or Apple TV/iPad combination, Bickerman said, adding these interactive whiteboards are basically similar setups which offer interaction between students and teachers and give the instructor the freedom to monitor students while not being “tied” to the projector.

Using this technology, teachers can use outlines, videos and special projects which can be viewed by the entire class and discussed. Bickerman said, teachers can project their information from their computer easily to the group. Obviously, lessons will be aligned to the Common Core curriculum now being developed. Also, students can work corroboratively and easily present their work to the class, she said.

“Any amount that we, as Princeton residents, are able to donate will be used to enhance the education of our youth,” Bickerman said. “The technology movement has changed our habits and daily routines. It has also changed the delivery of education and the learning styles of students in our public schools. We want Princeton students to be able to use the appropriate technology in order to compete and succeed in their future education and job market.”

Bickerman said there is no specific time frame and no specific goal amount for this fundraiser. Many teachers have requested the SmartBoards and the Apple TVs, and the foundation hopes to purchase as many as possible as soon as possible, she said.

More information on the fundraiser and the work of the foundation is available through its website. Also, donations may be sent to Princeton Public Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 5845, Princeton, IL 61356. All donations are tax-deductible.

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