By Max Hrenda
As budgets continue to tighten and spending continues to drop, students don’t always have access to the latest and greatest in teaching technologies.
To acquire some teaching tools that aren’t necessarily allocated within the school system’s budget, a number of Carter County teachers have taken to the Internet to ask for help from the general public.
On May 20, David Arwood, who teaches third grade at Valley Forge Elementary, posted an ad asking for donations to buy an iPad Mini on the website DonorsChoose.org.
“It’s a great tool, especially when the school systems are currently under budget restraints,” Arwood said. “This is a good way for the community of the Carter County area – and wider – to help donate to the schools and, hopefully, provide a more full education for the students.”
This is Arwood’s second effort at seeking help from the website. On Oct. 7, 2012, he sought the public’s aid in purchasing a Samsung Galaxy tablet; by Feb. 21, his request had been fulfilled.
“I’ve only had good experiences (with DonorsChoose),” Arwood said. “I was told about it from some of the other teachers in the area. I’m not the only one who’s using it.”