SALEM — Eighth-graders at St. Joseph Regional Catholic School now have iPads in the classroom, purchased with a donation from the Bishop Peterson Council 4442 of the Knights of Columbus.
After learning about other innovative, educational initiatives integrated into the school’s curriculum, the Knights donated more than $8,000 to the school to purchase iPads for the entire eighth grade class.
By supporting the goal of providing the latest in technology to both students and teachers, the Knights have embraced the forward-thinking philosophy of St. Joseph’s. This philosophy has also been demonstrated by the addition of Mandarin into the school’s foreign language curriculum this year, making the school a pioneer in providing Mandarin instruction to junior high students.
Students and staff recently welcomed members of Bishop Peterson Council 4442 to an iPad demonstration, which provided the opportunity to formally thank Grand Knight Bill Richards and the Knights for their generosity.
Students in Stephanie O’Shaughnessy’s eighth grade algebra class demonstrated how the new technology is enhancing their learning experience. The online textbook, note-taking capabilities, interactive tutorial applications, and calendars were among the applications presented by the students.
Later, the Knights and students discussed how the trends of education are changing and all agreed this technology is a great benefit to the students as they prepare for high school and beyond.
“The Knights, through their incredible generosity, provided our eighth-graders with a significant educational advantage as they prepare for high school and beyond,” School Board Chairman Patrick Donovan said. “We are very grateful they shared in our goal to provide the best possible education to the students of Saint Joe’s.” St Joseph’s is looking forward to continuing to work together with the Knights of Columbus to develop well-rounded, forward-thinking students who will be prepared for future challenges.”