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Laptop computers issued to Chatham County high school students

Posted Friday, August 28, 2009

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Siler City, NC - On Wednesday evening, August 26, issuing individual laptop computers to high school students became a reality in Chatham County Schools. Chatham Central High School kicked off the newest phase of the district’s 1 to 1 Laptop Learning Program followed by Jordan-Matthews and SAGE Academy on Thursday night, and Northwood the week of August 31st. Students and parents signed agreements to accept responsibility for the laptops while they are issued to the students.

“We are excited that the parents and the students together are enjoying the opportunity to have laptop computers. They have been waiting for this moment to arrive and it is finally here. Our teachers have already commented on how students are taking to this expanded tool for learning. The fact that all of our students now have access to a laptop throughout the day will allow a different style of learning to go on,” said Norma Boone, Principal of Jordan-Matthews High School.

In November of 2008, an $800,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation provided for the purchase of a laptop for every student at Jordan-Matthews for the 2009-2010 school year. iBook laptops currently in use at Jordan-Matthews have been re-distributed to the other high schools in the district. This will allow every high school to fully participate in the 1 to 1 Laptop Learning Program by providing a laptop for every high school student in the district.

“The Golden LEAF grant enabled us to bring to fruition a dream six years in the making. Nothing is more satisfying than the looks on the faces of the students and parents as they receive the laptop being issued to the students. Their comments have re-affirmed the value of this phase of our 1 to 1 Laptop Learning Program to better prepare them for their lives in the 21st century,” said Peggy Douglas, Director of Technology for Chatham County Schools.

Sets of classroom carts filled with laptop computers are in use at all elementary and middle schools as well.

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