December 12, 2017
$7,500 in Grants Funds Chromebook Carry Cases
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Florence Township School District students now can bring their Chromebooks home to complete assignments, thanks in part to a $7,500 grant from the Investors Foundation. The Florence Township Board of Education applied for the grant from the Investors Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank.
Since the 2016-2017 school year, the policy of the Florence Township School District has been to provide each student in third- through twelfth-grade with a Chromebook. Although students in the third- through sixth-grade only are allowed to use their Chromebooks during school hours, students in seventh- through twelfth-grade can take them home.
“This posed a problem,” explained Florence Township School District Superintendent Donna Ambrosius, “because we needed to provide the students with the ability to carry the Chromebooks back and forth from school to home. We saw this as a special opportunity to work with members of our community and did some research to find grants that would cover the cost of the Chromebook carriers. We are so grateful to the Investors Foundation for this grant. Now our students will be able to utilize their Chromebooks at home.”
Ambrosius noted that the opportunity for each student to have their own device at school and at home “will result in an overall enhanced educational experience, better student organizational skills, and will expand learning and sharing beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.” She said that greater use of technology, including the Chromebooks, will help make Florence Township School District students more competitive with other districts. “We are able to integrate more technology-based curriculum and course offerings that focus on all levels of education and abilities. The Chromebooks really enhance our ability to ensure the college- and career-readiness of our students,” said Ambrosius.
Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Florence Township Branch Manager Mae Heminway and Assistant Branch Manager Lois Hoffmaster recently presented the check at a public Board of Education meeting.
“Investors Bank is happy to be able to assist the Florence Township Board of Education in providing the township’s students with expanded access to technology,” said Heminway. “Investors understands the significance of ensuring students are able to fully participate in 21st Century learning.”
“We are excited to see the positive impact on students’ education,” said Hoffmaster. “They are the future of our workforce and our communities.”
Photo Caption: Members of the Florence Township Board of Education recently accepted a $7,500 grant from the Investors Foundation for carry cases for student Chromebooks. Pictured from left are Florence Township School District Business Administrator/Board Secretary Melissa Livengood, Board of Education Vice President Anthony Nutter, Superintendent of Schools Donna Ambrosius, Investors Bank Assistant Vice President and Florence Township Branch Manager Mae Heminway, and Investors Bank Florence Township Assistant Branch Manager Lois Hoffmaster.