Valley Elementary Educational Foundation  
Raising money to enrich the educational experience so every child at Valley can succeed

CURRENT INITIATIVES

Technology

child on computer Every year, the board meets with Valley’s principal to discuss the state of the school, the current priorities, the biggest needs.
Since 2010, the focus of our fundraising has been on technology. Technology brought us the computer. It brought us the Internet. It made a household name of a guy named Bill Gates and it gave everyone a whole new definition of the word apple. Its effects have spanned generations — from the Silent Generation to the Baby Boomers, from Generation X to Generation Y. Today, with the proliferation of iPods, iPhones, iTunes and iPads, our children are part of a generation that could easily be seen as, you guessed it, Generation i.
But when we started the technology initiative, Valley’s computer lab had only 34 computers for more than 700 students. Twenty-one were desktop computers, 13 were laptops and, of those, only two had full keyboards.

At Valley, we also had to keep in mind that many families don’t have computers or Internet access at home. They rely instead on computer access at school. The more we can increase student access to computers and the Internet, the more we can close the “technology gap.”
With your help and generosity, the Foundation renovated Valley’s existing computer lab, outfitted each classroom with computers, purchase the language arts and math components of a Web-based curriculum, called CompassLearning Odyssey, which allows teachers to customize lessons for each student. We’ve also helped the school launch a new pilot program with the purchase of an iPad for each teacher and a mobile cart for 12 iPads.

The Technology Plan: A Multi-Year Campaign Totaling More Than $167,000

2010-11    
Objective                                                                                             Cost   Status
CompassLearning Odyssey®
• Math module
$17,000 Complete
Renovate the Computer Lab
• 14 desktop computers
$16,000 Complete
Classroom Computers
• 34 ThinkPads    
$21,000 Complete
2011-12    
CompassLearning Odyssey®
• Math module
$17,000   Complete
Renovate the Computer Lab
• 14 desktop computers     
$16,000 Complete
Classroom Computers
• 34 ThinkPads      
$21,000 Complete
CompassLearning Odyssey®
• Language Arts module  
$12,000 Complete
Educational Enrichment Program
• Teacher Technology: 29 iPads
$13,000 Complete
• Mobile Student Technology: 12 iPads and cart     $5,000 Complete
• Apps and iPad accessories   $1,000 Complete
2012-13 and 2013-2014    
• 6 iPads for each for the four fifth-grade classes (24) $9,576 Complete
• 6 iPads for each for the four fourth-grade classes (24) $9,576 Complete
• 6 iPads for each for the five third-grade classes (30) $11,970 Complete
• 6 iPads for each for the five second-grade classes (30) $11,970 Complete
• 6 iPads for each for the four first-grade classes (24) $9,576 Complete
• Two-year warranty for each of the 132 classroom iPads $10,428 Complete
• Mobile Student Technology: 12 iPads and cart $4,788 Complete
• iPad training for teachers $1,200 Complete
2014-15    
• 6 iPads for each of the TK and kindergarten classes $15,000 Complete
• Two-year warranty and gift cards for each of the 36 iPads $3,000 Complete
• iPad training for remaining teachers (Grades K, 1, 2, 4 and 5) $6,000 Complete
• Miscellaneous technology-related expenses $1,000 Complete
2015-16    
• Certified Technology Training For the Teacers $0 Complete
• Gift Cards for the IPads $0 Complete
• Raz Kids Subscription for all classrooms $0 Complete
• Brain Pop Subscription for all classrooms $0 Complete
• 1 to 1 Chromebook Initiative, Grades 3 - 5 $0 Ongoing
2016-17    
• 1 to 1 Chromebook Initiative, Grades 3 - 5 $0 Ongoing


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