The Dunwoody school, with an enrollment of 591 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade, is competing to purchase iPads for its students.
Principal Jasmine Smith said last year the school started a pilot program for an initiative to increase the use of technology at Kingsley.
“Our charter council voted to purchase an entire [mobile] iPad lab for the school,” she said. “We have a 20-iPad lab.”
Parents also donated iPads for the school’s gifted program — Discovery in DeKalb, she added.
“In working with iPads … we’ve seen how great they are for students and now we just like to continue growing what we’ve started,” Smith said.
Winning the “Power a Bright Future” contest would help Kingsley afford a second mobile iPad lab. One iPad lab with the cart to secure the devices could cost between $20,000 and $30,000, Smith added.
She said when parent Jeremy Marks brought news of the grant program to the charter council, the school ran with it.
“One of the great things about this school is that there is tremendous parental support,” Smith said.
Voting for the contest began Nov. 12 and Kingsley has been spreading the word via social media, e-blasts and the school website.
The Clorox Company, which sponsors the contest, will announce the winners in January. The program is broken into three categories, focused on projects and initiatives that promote physical activity, creativity and exploration for children.
The nominated school with the most votes overall will receive the $50,000 prize and those with the most votes in each category will win $25,000. A group of judges will also pick one nomination from each category to receive a $25,000 grant based on merit.
“We would certainly be appreciative of any amount of money,” Smith said. “[When] you want the best technology, sometimes it costs.”
She said although the school would not be able to purchase an iPad for every student, winning a grant through the contest would allow Kingsley to grow its technology initiative.
“The iPads here just are able to do so much more for students than we would with just simple textbooks,” she explained. “You are able to even take virtual field trips.”
Currently students in kindergarten through fifth-grade have access to the iPads. Smith said the applications on the devices help students to explore learning in all subject areas.
How to vote:
Help Kingsley Charter School win iPads for its students by voting online at powerabrightfuture.clorox.com or texting 1913pbf to 95248.