BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Four schools in Berkeley County will receive grand funding from Google.
According to a press release from the school district, Google has granted a total of $172,458 to two elementary schools, one middle school and a high school with the purpose of increasing computer and technology opportunities for students.
Berkeley Country School District officials say Devon Forest Elementary received $50,000. The money will go toward "Getting on the Tech Track II," a new program that will give 135 second graders the chance to take part in collaborative, innovative learning.
"My students and I have participated in a Google Hangout with the South Carolina Aquarium and had a Mystery Google Hangout with another 3rd grade class in Texas," says Shelley Matthews, a third grade teacher at Devon Forest Elementary. "We've watched a live reading of 'Going Places' by Peter and Paul Reynolds on Read Across America Day. Every day brings something new, and we can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!"
Sedgefield Middle received $22,800. According to the release, this will be used to assist in funding their new computer science and coding program.
"Having ample access and opportunities for students is essential to their success," said Sedgefield Middle School Principal Shameka Washington. "To be able to achieve our school's mission of preparing our students to be highly competitive in the real world, they need to possess exemplary skills in their knowledge and application of technology."
College Park Elementary received $24,694, according to the release. The school will be using the money to support blended learning approaches to institution using mobile computing devices in a 1:1 model, the principal of the school says.
Hanahan High School received a total of $24,964, the release states.
"Our goal at Hanahan High is to do whatever it takes to help our students succeed," says Ric Raycroft, principal of the school. We analyzed the data available and knew we had to find some additional resources for our students who are English language learners. We are so happy we have been able to do that with this very generous grant."