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McCook Catholic Schools Receive Technology Grant from Great Plains Communication

BLAIR — St. Patrick Catholic Schools in McCook will use a $750 grant from Great Plains Communications to buy wireless keyboards and computer mouses to enhance the schools’ SMARTboard system and students’ reading and technological skills.

Jason Grigg of Great Plains presented an over-sized, ceremonial check to school officials and teachers April 7 after school.

St. Patrick is one of nine schools to receive grants from Great Plains’ “Commitment to the Schools” program.

The grant will enhance the school’s SMARTboard system with the purchase of 14 wireless keyboard and mouse combos. Research suggests that visual and tactile exercises enhance learning. SMARTboards require students to use their fingers to move and manipulate the screen.

St. Patrick teacher Lori Hilker said, “At St. Patrick Elementary School, we are very fortunate to have SMARTboard technology in our classrooms. We believe (wireless keyboards and mouses) will make the current technology more efficient, and create an even better learning environment for our students.” It’s anticipated that the the technology will also improve the efficiency of teacher-student communication methods in the classroom.

Todd Foje, chief executive officer of Great Plains, said “We are honored to reward the excellent educational programs that enhance learning in the communities we serve. At Great Plains Communications, we value our responsibility as a leader in the community. We are pleased to commit some of our resources to nourish the continued development and recognition of education in rural Nebraska.”

Great Plains Communications is a diversified telecommunications company providing local and nationwide long distance telephone service to 77 Nebraska communities, digital cable television service to 40 Nebraska communities and local dial-up Internet access to 85 Nebraska communities. Broadband and high-speed data technology is available in nearly all of the communities served by Great Plains Communications via its partnership with WildBlue Satellite Speed Internet.

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