Students at Escuela Primaria Jaime Nuno in San Felipe, Mexico, have a new computer lab, recreational equipment and school supplies, thanks to a donation by online education leader HotChalk, Inc.
More than 450 1st through 6th grade Jaime Nuno students, teachers, administrators and parents were on hand at an all-school assembly Oct. 18, 2013, as HotChalk President and CEO Edward M. Fields made the presentation.
“The Internet makes it possible to bring teachers and learning to children around the world,” Fields said. “But the breakout education technology is still, and always will be, a teacher. When those of us on the sidelines find a way to help a teacher, we hold the future of the world in our hands.”
Each Jaime Nuno student received a backpack filled with school supplies, including a folder, notepad, pens, pencils and sharpeners, along with a personal note of encouragement. Each teacher received a kit featuring a whiteboard, accessories and other school supplies.
The primary school also received 10 laptops, three printers and two projectors to create the computer lab. The lab will teach students typing skills and give them access to valuable online learning and research resources – a central focus of HotChalk’s educational mission for primary and secondary schools around the world. The school was also given recreational equipment and additional supplies and materials.
HotChalk employees packaged the backpacks, teacher kits and other items as part of the firm’s annual company meeting in Phoenix. The donated items have an estimated U.S. value of $20,000.
HotChalk Director of Online Marketing Nick Saia and Chief Academic Officer/President of HotChalk International Rafael de Cardenas were on hand with Fields to present the donations.
Saia chose San Felipe –a town of about 17,000 residents on the Baja Peninsula – because he travels there frequently.
“It was definitely a moving experience,” Saia said. “We’re able to reach out to these children and give them the resources to learn how to type and use computers. That can significantly affect their prospects and help the community as a whole through new learning opportunities.”
Fields’ thoughts on the latest trends in educational technology and the relevance of teachers in the future are available here.