The McCordsville Elementary School (MES) has raised over $54,000 in 18 months for the sole purpose of improving technology for the students and staff at MES. Several technology improvements have been made in the McCordsville Elementary classrooms with funding through many resources including: grants, corporate contributions and old-fashioned fundraising.
A $2,000+ technology investment was made in each classroom with a new projector, document camera and an interactive whiteboard with the goal of improving technology for staff to engage students. Specifically, $54,945.04 was raised through: Mt. Vernon Education Foundation ($6,317), McCordsville Elementary PTO ($3,000), Pacer Ticket Fundraiser ($6,353), USA Funds parent contribution ($1,500), a donation ($2,000), and school cookie dough and magazine fundraisers ($35,775.04).
The capital project began in the fall of 2013 and approximately $11,000 is still needed to provide the final stage of classroom technology updates for the entire building. All but five classrooms have received the technology upgrade; the remaining classrooms are scheduled later this year. Superintendent Dr. Bill Riggs has committed to funding the remaining cost to complete the project. Riggs states, “I commend the McCordsville Elementary School and the community for their fundraising efforts to enhance the students’ learning experience.”
Stephanie Miller, Principal of McCordsville Elementary School states, “With the challenges of the economy affecting the school budget, we decided we needed to take ownership of finding the funds since this was a top priority for the students and staff. The community support and my staff’s leadership for this endeavor were phenomenal.”
The Director of Technology, Greg Rollo, has shared, “McCordsville Elementary has substantially improved their technological resources which will provide an interactive learning environment for the students. It is the corporation’s goal to improve these technological learning opportunities for all students. McCordsville was able to successfully beat through the barrier of funding to provide this opportunity for the students and staff.”