St. Mary’s School and church members in Alton worked together recently to greatly exceed a fund-raising goal by several thousand dollars for new computers.
The fund-raising goal was $30,000 and the final amount raised was $45,000.
St. Mary’s School Principal Judy Kulp was ecstatic about the amount of money raised to purchase new tablet devices and laptop computers for the school.
“I think a lot of it is we have parents that believe in Catholic education,” she said. “To receive this amount of money in two weeks says a lot about our parents and parishioners. We told them exactly what we are going to do with their money.
“We felt we spent much of last year talking about technology and tablets,” Kulp said. “We will take in computers that are in middle school on Milton Road and move those to the elementary building so they have newer computers in their lab.”
The funding came during Christmas time, which made it even more humbling for the St. Mary’s administrators. St. Mary’s will also install the necessary bandwidth to enable the implementation of a computer-based curriculum, as well as replacing outdated hardware.
The middle school students will have one-to-one technology in the fall of 2014, with each student leasing a laptop. The school plans to transition to online textbooks.
The plan is to also update teachers’ computers so they can handle the improved technology.
“Whether we are able to implement this next year or in the near future, we are looking for a couple of classrooms to use them,” she said.