New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited one of the classrooms in the Fulton City School District (FCSC) that benefited from a grant procured by the Senator to purchase mini lap top computers.
The mini computers in use in Mrs. Tonyajo Wiegand’s third grade classroom at Volney Elementary School in the FCSD are being put to good use by the students, who among other things keep a daily classroom blog.
The students were eager to show Senator Ritchie how they utilize the computers for their blogs, twitter feeds, and daily work within a secure classroom server.
“You are all ahead of me,” Senator Ritchie sighed. “I’m glad to see everyone interested in the notebooks and in school. Making sure you have the resources for equipment such as this is very important to me.”
Eighty mini laptops were purchased with the grant for use in one classroom in each of the four elementary buildings.
The students commented on how much they enjoyed using the laptops when doing writing assignments, and how much they enjoyed writing in their blogs.
Bill Lynch, FCSD Superintendent of Schools, noted that with the emphasis on writing in all content areas, using the laptop computers makes the writing portion even better.
“On behalf of the students in all four elementary schools in the district who were recipients of the lap tops, we want to thank you, Senator Ritchie, for not only the notebooks, but other materials you have helped us with and your support of our district and education,” said Mr. Lynch.
The students echoed Mr. Lynch’s appreciation with a big “Thank you!” to the Senator before she had to be on her way.