Through the Community Grants program, Best Buy teams across the United States select non-profit organizations that give teens access to opportunities through technology to help them excel in school and develop 21st century skills. This year, the Best Buy Children’s Foundation will give $2.8 million in Community Grants. Grant amounts will average $4,000-$6,000 and will not exceed $10,000.
The award for Felicity-Franklin High School was used to purchase 10 Apple iPads and educational apps for use in the high school’s afterschool program. According to Nancy Montgomery, author of the grant, the goals are to improve student learning and academic achievement, to provide a healthy, safe afterschool environment, and to foster a consistent and positive relationship between students and teachers.
“We recently installed district-wide wifi so the use of handhelds is now possible. This is the world our students live in and will continue to live in so we must address that use of technology and use it to effectively prepare students for the 21st century,” said Glenn Moore, superintendent of Felicity-Franklin School District. “ Technology can provide a richer learning experience & lends itself handily to the individual learning styles and needs of students.”