In the old days, students brought an apple for their teachers. In Knappa, the teachers are giving students Apples.
The $1,100 Apple MacBook laptops are being distributed to freshmen at Knappa High School to equip them to better face the modern world. Reporter Deeda Schroeder highlighted this commendable program in Wednesday's edition.
The dream, in the works for four years, has been realized thanks to the leadership of Superintendent Rick Pass, with strong support from the Knappa School Board, parents, teachers and students.
All freshmen at Knappa High School will receive a laptop, a process that will continue for the next three years until every high school student has one. Then the district will work to equip middle school students.
Despite its small size, Knappa has a reputation for promoting access to technology in the high school. The laptops will become an integral part of every lesson and help boost academic achievement.
Pass secured funding without dipping into operating funds. The $42,000 pricetag came from three federal grants, which may be renewable.
"We're hurting like everyone else, but felt like this was a priority," Pass said.
Bravo to Knappa. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders and graduates who aren't computer savvy will be at a distinct disadvantage.