IT Cheque-Writing Campaign Update

Well done, Ross Road! We raised $10,580 in our recent IT Cheque-Writing campaign!

Thank you very much to everyone who participated for your generous contributions! Large or small – we appreciate every single donation made!
The IT Committee has consulted with the teachers, the administrators and the PAC Executive Committee and has decided to purchase 20 iPad2s with the funds raised. The total cost of this purchase (including storage, power bars, charging hubs and Apple Care) is $12,700. The additional $2,120 needed will come from the funds raised at the Parent Night in November 2011 (ear-marked for the IT purchase). The teachers are keen to start using the iPads and are looking forward to putting them into the hands of Ross Road students right after Spring Break!

Why did we choose to buy iPads and not laptops? First of all, we didn’t raise enough money to purchase the 10 laptops. Secondly, the iPads will give us more ‘bang for our buck’ — more equipment will be put in the hands of the students with practically the same functionality as the laptops. The ipad2’s give us the added benefits of a camera. They are also less expensive and easier to maintain. Thirdly, the teachers have expresses a real interest in exploring the educational applications available to iPad users.

Forgot to donate? No problem! The iPad2s are sold to the school district in 10-packs, so when prices start going down on the iPad2s after the introduction of the iPad3’s, we hope to purchase another 10-pack for the 2012/13 school year. We will accept contributions on a continual basis and the money donated will be ear-marked towards future IT purchases only. Click here to download a donation form.

Once again, thank you very much for your participation in this campaign!

— Ross Road PAC

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