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Hancock High laptop initiative gets grant funding

February 14, 2011

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Washington County Public Schools a $30,000 grant for Hancock High School’s laptop initiative.

The receipt of the grant was announced in a release from U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, both D-Md.

As part of the initiative, 36 teachers and 167 students at Hancock High School will receive individual laptops to be used in the classroom and at home, the release said.

The initiative aims to teach students advanced technology skills so they will be better prepared for college and the work force. It is expected that this grant will result in a 20 percent increase in the number of Hancock graduates attending college, a total of 91 students in the first three years alone, the release said.
   
This initiative, the first of its kind in Washington County, seeks to increase computer and Internet accessibility among low-income and rural students. Teachers are being trained to incorporate advanced technology into instruction, and classrooms are being equipped with projectors and Wi-Fi technology.

In addition to the ARC grant, local sources will provide $90,412, bringing the total project funding to $120,412.
The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.   
 

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