Sauk Centre Elementary School awarded $2,000 technology grant

Sauk Centre Elementary School has been awarded a Technology Grant for Rural Schools in the amount of $2,000 from the Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED).

Nominated by Arvig, the school was awarded based on its intent to enhance learning by increasing the use of technology in the classroom. The school will use the grant and an additional $500 donation from Arvig to purchase interactive whiteboards for classrooms

It is no surprise that public schools in rural areas often lack the resources to obtain new technology. With donors like Arvig, FRED’s grant program was developed to drive academic growth and create educational opportunities for rural America’s greatest resource: their younger generations.

“We love being able to work with FRED and assist schools like Sauk Centre Elementary to reach their goals,” said Mark Birkholz, director of southern markets at Arvig. “Kids are the heart of our communities, and we are responsible for helping them grow and develop. Congratulations to Sauk Centre Elementary on this award.”

Eligible schools were required to be public, serve grades K-12 and be located in a rural area of the United States, making the program highly competitive. This year, a total of $42,886 in grants was awarded to 16 public schools, including Sauk Centre, from rural areas throughout the United States.

In the application for the Technology Grant, Sauk Centre Elementary School Principal Karen Maschler wrote, “With this grant, the school would be able to have interactive whiteboards in 12 of the 19 general education classrooms.” She said, “Because of the model the school uses for instruction, students move to various classrooms throughout the day. One whiteboard could impact nearly 90 students every day.”