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Monday, 20 December 2010

December 20--  Ten teachers and their students are getting a little extra classroom cash this year thanks to a donation from the Sweet Onion Classic golf tournament to the Vidalia Educational Foundation.

The Foundation announces the award of $3858.20 in grants designed to help teachers in the classroom.

Almost a third of the money, $1,200, is going to help three 4th grade math teachers at Sally Meadows Elementary.

Teacher Kim Garvin applied on their behalf to purchase a handheld electronic slate which allows students to communication with a classroom video monitor called an ActivBoard.

"With an ActivSlate, the teacher can move away from the ActivBoard and still use the ActivBoard by writing on a tablet which she carries around the classroom," she explains.

Garvin says the mobile technology allows teachers to instruct students at their desks.  As for the kids, "They think its incredible.  They think it's magic," she reports.

Other grants being made this year are to J.D. Dickerson Primary School teachers Sonya Allmond, Ann Curtiss and Gayle Corley; J.R. Trippe Middle School instructors Sara Beck, Paula Wolfe, Tracey Lovelace and Julie Caraballo; and at Vidalia High School, teachers Jamie Sharpton, Shannon Petty and Jeff Ikner.


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