Lakeshore Elementary School in Mooresville recently was awarded a $25,000 Classroom Connections Grant from Windstream.
It was the only school in the Carolinas, and one of only four schools in the United States, to get the grant. This grant will be used to purchase technology equipment, such as computers for the school's media center as well as projectors and laptops for classrooms.
The grant also will help the school achieve its goal of providing each classroom with up-to-date technology, said principal Kelly Hinson.
Lakeshore was chosen from more than 120 public and public charter school applicants in Windstream's service area. Each applicant sent in a written application and video entry.
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Applicants were judged based on need, creativity and enthusiasm. The check was presented to the school on May 24 during a school-wide pep assembly.
"During this time when budget cuts to education are making it difficult to provide instructional resources for our students, this grant will enable us to purchase up-to-date technology," said Hinson. "The money will help provide us with two full computer labs on campus and we will be able to use the technology to provide our students with hands-on, 21st-century learning of grade-level content."
"We're excited to see how they use the funds to infuse their interactive curriculum," said Mike Urqhart, area manager-operations for Windstream in Matthews.
The grant-writing team included parent volunteers and staff. The parent volunteers were Amy Burk, Kim Zeigler, Cyndee Hatcher, and MaryLynn Baldwin. Staff members were Allison Kiser, Leigh Ann Crider, Angela Regrut, Traci Jones, Heather Coughlin and Mark Duncan.
Students also contributed to the video that was sent to Windstream.