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Teacher seeks $3K for laptops at Red Level

Red Level High School teachers are working to secure funds to create a mobile lab for juniors and seniors at the school.

Social Science teacher Tori Adams said the goal is to purchase 20 small laptops.

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“We have very limited access to an outdated lab that is utilized during critical periods,” she said. “We would like to use the computers for research; therefore, we have been researching ways to raise funds for our students to have the access to needed technology.”

Adams said that Internet-based classes conflict with core class schedules, which limits academic classes from being able to learn to properly research and produce high quality academic papers and projects.

Adams said if the nearly $3,000 needed is raised, it would benefit more than 150 students.

“With the availability of a mobile lab, students would be given the opportunity to learn techniques that would be useful in college and in their careers,” she said. “The mobile lab would allow less fortunate students that do not have access to computers or Internet service, the advantage of completing research and assignments with the assistance of their educators and peers. Most importantly, a mobile lab would offer students a valuable tool for success beyond the classroom.”

Red Level High School is a Title I school with about 75 percent of students receiving free or reduced lunch, Adams said.

“Although many of my students battle poverty and its devastating daily effects, they strive to achieve success at school and beyond,” she said. “In fact, a portion of our graduating students are first-time high school graduates and many more are first-time college graduates in their families.”

Adams said the plan is to offer students a variety of assignments and research opportunities to help students make more meaningful connections with the subject matter they are studying.

To help fund the project, teachers have set up an account on donorschoose.org, but direct donations are also OK. Checks can be made out to Red Level High School. Please specify they are for the mobile lab for 11th and 12th grades, she said.