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1kidsipadsFourth-graders at Rutherford Elementary School were understandably excited when they found out they'd be getting iPads thanks to a grant from Best Buy through the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. (MISD Photo) 

Best Buy grant arms Rutherford fourth-graders with iPads

BY KENT MILLER

Published on Friday, 19 October 2012 14:47

 

1grubbsipadsA fourth-grader at Rutherford Elementary School shows off a new iPad to principal Holly Grubbs. (MISD Photo)Terry Dilts says he’s always excited when given the opportunity to be a good partner with local schools. But that excitement was mixed with a big dose of pride when he learned that money from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation was going to the school where he was given the educational building blocks that would help him achieve success as an adult.

Dilts, the general manager of the Mesquite Best Buy, attended Rutherford Elementary School from kindergarten through sixth grade and said he was thrilled to play a part in giving back to his old campus with a $5,000 donation through the company’s Best Buy @15 community grants program.

“Knowing the school and my own personal tie to it, I was very excited to see that this is where the grant was used,” Dilts said. “I am very proud to work for a company that takes education so seriously in our community.”

Dilts wasn’t the only one excited about the school’s windfall. Rutherford fourth-graders were understandably thrilled to find out they’d all be getting an iPad with the grant money secured by the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation. Randy Lewallyn, foundation executive director, and Rutherford principal Holly Grubbs applied for the grant from Best Buy.

The students – approximately 22 in each of four classes – will get to use the iPads through the 24/7 iLearn with iPads program, which enables students to have access to digital learning beyond the school day. Fifth-graders at Rutherford had already received iPads as part of the program.

“Best Buy and the @15 program are excited to contribute to the education of children in our community and we appreciate all the things the teachers, principals and staff of the Mesquite Independent School District do to make that possible,” Dilts said. “Technology, more than ever, is an important part of how learning happens with our children and Best Buy is thankful and proud to have this opportunity to contribute.”

After a ceremony at the school, foundation board members toured classrooms with iPads already in place.

“The outstanding teachers at Rutherford Elementary have done a great job of integrating iPads into their curriculum,” Lewallyn said. “This grant was a perfect fit for Rutherford’s vision of learning. It has provided the fourth-graders with an amazing opportunity to use iPad technology in the classroom to have a dramatic impact on the overall learning experience. The foundation is proud to have played a part in helping make this financial support possible.”

The MISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to enriching and enhancing the education of Mesquite's 38,000-plus students.The founders come from a cross section of the community who realized that the lack of funds – both state and local taxpayer dollars – limits programs and services to students. To alleviate that problem, the foundation actively seeks donors from among alumni, residents, businesses, corporations and other foundations.