Local McDonald’s owners give Vigo County schools $10,000 for Chromebooks

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Wabash Valley McDonald’s Owner/Operators Nick and Jami Kasprzyk donated $10,000 to the Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute at a check presentation on Wednesday. The funds will be used to purchase Chromebooks for Vigo County kindergarten through second-grade students.

Through a combination of CARES Act funding and a bond issue, the school corporation was able to purchase Chromebooks for students in grades 3-12. This left grades K-2 without guaranteed access to technology at home. The Vigo County Education Foundation reports that second grade is a pivotal year when children are developing basic literacy, math, and STEM skills that build strong foundations for future college and career success.

Chromebooks are a vital piece of technology used by teachers to deliver instruction through digital classrooms. “Knowing that this need was in the community, now we’ve just learned that being able to supply this donation, all children in Vigo County schools will have a laptop so this completed their year-long project of supporting technology in the classrooms,” Jami Kasprzyk said.

As a former teacher, Kasprzyk has seen first-hand the importance of education at an early age. “We know that that’s going to start off their education for the rest of their life, so having this technology at their fingers really means that they’re going to start their education and go in a great direction.”

Gail Thompson, president of the Vigo County Education Foundation, said, “During a pandemic, anytime we can provide tools for all of our students at home is very important and at this time, between that and the capability of our Wi-Fi buses, it’s going to be two tools that will really enable our students to be able to progress during this pandemic.”

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