Yates Principal Carolyn Ingram recently announced Check Into Cash and its founder, Allan Jones, had made a donation to the school that would provide four mini-iPads for each of the school’s 17 classrooms.
The donation of $8,619 was to match the funds raised in the school’s “Pennies for Pads” fundraiser.
Ingram said she plans to bring a professional in to train the teachers on how to use the Apple devices and to give guidance on which educational applications are ideal for the students. According to Apple, there are more than 20,000 educational apps available.
“Check Into Cash has always been committed to education and strengthening our community,” said Steve Scoggins, president of the firm. “We were delighted to make this donation to Yates and encourage other businesses in the community to do the same thing for a school of their choice. If we work together we can accomplish some amazing things for Cleveland.”
Ingram said research indicates that the iPad inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features not available with any other educational tool — on a device that students really want to use. Some studies have shown the devices can help students improve fundamental math skills, she said.
“Applications like iTunes U and iBooks let students engage with content in interactive ways, find information in an instant, and access an entire library wherever they go,” Ingram said.
Ingram agreed with Scoggins that the Check Into Cash donation should start a community trend.
“We are so excited for the help from Mr. Allan Jones and his company that will directly benefit our fine students,” said Ingram.