After more than a year of working on a grant proposal for their school, two local teachers' efforts finally paid off. The Beaumont Foundation of America recently awarded a technology grant to the Walker School in the amount of $32,000.
Teachers and city officials say they are thrilled at what the grant will mean for students.
"What I think this means for the community is that we're going to be able to prepare our kids for the digital world that awaits them," says Grant co-author Paula Culver-Dickinson.
"It's a great example of the kind of teachers we have not, just at Walker School, but across the school system, who are going the extra distance to help the kids and to bring new technology in the classroom that really results in additional achievement and progress for these kids," says Vice Mayor Kevin Lynch.
School officials say they believe technology will help promote scholastic achievement in the classroom.
"We want to get them thinking at a higher level, getting them to think beyond the recall and comprehension level; we want students to start applying and synthesizing information," says Walker School Principal Jim Henderson.
The goal of the technology grant is to extend a pilot program in which 92 percent of the students passed their Virginia studies SOL test. As a result, all fifth grade students will now be able to use multimedia programs in the areas of history, science and language arts.
While pleased, teachers like Dickinson say they will continue to look for different ways to promote scholastic achievement for their students.