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Bailly PTO donates to school to improve technology

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The Bailly Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has made a donation of $14,000 to Bailly Elementary School for the purchase of technology. Along with monies from Duneland School Corporation, this money will go towards two projects.

The first project will complete the installation of ceiling mounted projectors and sound systems, or Room Pros, in each classroom. Currently, half the building had these installed through previous PTO money and corporation money. Combined with previously purchased document projectors, laptop computers, and iPads, these units can project any object, work, or online item for students to see and interact with. Teachers also have the ability to stream video and student projects with sound.

The second project will be ordering iPad minis for all classrooms primarily for student use. Eight iPad Miniís will be bought for each grade level to enhance and supplement instruction. Bailly hopes to double that amount in the following school year as well as upgrade their current computer labs and capabilities.

Along with the current donation, Bailly PTO has donated over $12,000 for school needs this year. This money has gone towards staff disbursements for supplies, books for classrooms, student scholarships, Christmas for Kids, t-shirts for all students, items for registration, and to supplement other activities throughout the year. The money raised has come through a variety of fundraisers including whole school fundraisers, spirit wear sales, Scrip purchases, restaurant nights, book fairs, and other special events.

Beyond fundraising, the Bailly PTO also sponsors free events for the school community and has an extensive network of parent volunteers who work in the school on a daily basis.

Those interested in assisting the Bailly PTO and school with their efforts are encouraged to call Bailly Elementary School at any time to make connections or attend Bailly PTO meetings on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.



Posted 4/24/2014




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