Friday, August 15 2014, 05:39 PM EDT
Hamilton County Schools Get $100,000 Grant
The gym at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary school was filled with cheers and smiles today.
"All of you will have a laptop computer.." shouts of joy rang out after that announcement.
Not one, not 10, but 169 brand new Chromebook computers were given to the 3rd through 5th graders.
The computers were funded through the Annenberg School fund and facilitated though the Hamilton county school system and the Public Education Foundation.
"By having these tools, the kids will be able to develop these skills and be able to participate in some of these high engaging lessons with their chromebooks in the classroom," said Lindsey Hagan, a teacher at Bess T. Shepherd.
Hagan and several others began a "Leaders in Me" program that develops social and team building skills in a select group of children. Now the program can expand.
"We have people from the community buying in and they want to offer it to the kids," said Hagan, "They see the value and what it's going to do for our community."
"I was very excited that I got this because not everybody is a part of leadership and now they get to be part of it," said Jalen Harris, a 5th grader.
He is already in the Leadership group. He enjoys math, science, and robotics.
"It will help everybody," said Harris, "I'll learn more while everybody can learn as much as me."
Not only will Jalen be able to work with the computer, but Hagan encourages people at home to get involved.
"We want the parent to come in and spend time and play on the Chromebooks too."
East Lake Elementary school was also given more than 100 computers. Between the two schools, $100,000 are being invested in providing updated technology for the students.