ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell North Elementary Foundation (RNEF) and Roswell North Elementary School (RNE) Principal Kindra Smith kicked off the 2013-2014 annual campaign with a goal of raising $30,000 to purchase technology equipment, training and software. This initiative, called “Investing for Innovation,” supports the school’s new three-year strategic plan to increase academic achievement, increase the students’ civic impact on their community and increase the students’ application of real-world 21st century technical skills.
“In the past four years, the RNE community has enthusiastically embraced programs and technologies to enhance the education of our students and prepare them for the future,” said RNEF Chairman Karen Braddy. “The initiatives this year will help our teachers approach classroom instruction in a way that is transformative and cutting edge. RNE is fortunate to have parents and supporters who have created a legacy of enrichment, providing funding for educational resources.”
RNEF’s annual campaign will run through Oct. 18. The foundation has prioritized the initiatives into two target amounts.
At the initial target of $22,000, the foundation will fund additional iPad training for all teachers and support the successful IXL math software program for an additional year. RNEF will also implement phase one of the inspired classroom model, adding an inspired classroom into each grade. Inspired classrooms place technology closer to the fingertips of students by moving computers and laptops to the center of the classroom. In an inspired classroom, students have the chance to work more collaboratively on project-based assignments, which encourages problem-solving and facilitates cross-discipline instruction. This model is already in use in two fifth-grade classes, and Smith intends to implement the model school-wide over the next several years.
At $30,000, the foundation will expand online enrichment tools, such as typing programs and learning style assessment software. It will also create an innovation fund, where Roswell North teachers can apply for grants to purchase supplies for creative classroom and grade-level projects.
“I am so encouraged and inspired by the continued support of the foundation,” said Smith. “It is truly committed to supporting the academic growth of all of our students by ‘filling the gap’ and providing tools and access to resources that we would not otherwise be able to provide for our students. As we establish ourselves as a school in this charter district, the opportunities at Roswell North are endless.”
To donate to the campaign, visit www.rnefoundation.com.