Exeter receives $5,000 from People's Community Bank
Funds to go toward purchase of Chromebooks for students
The Exeter school district recently received an unexpected surprise in the amount of a $5,000 donation from People's Community Bank of Seligman, for the purpose of expanding student access to technology.
To that end, the donation will be used to purchase Google Chromebooks for students, expanding the district's current supply of the devices.
"We're pretty excited," said Ernest Raney, district superintendent. "I look at technology, and see more and more how eventually, every school will have a notebook or some similar technology integrated with daily learning.
"We're working on increasing wireless access links, and these devices will have plenty of bandwidth to get online and keep students actively engaged. We're pretty thankful to People's Bank for doing that for us."
The district already has three carts of Chromebooks that are scheduled to be used at different times in different classrooms, Raney said. But now, students will have more.
"We can expand the use of the books now," he said. "They are used in some capacity in all grades, and the after-school program has a station that uses them. It's something that, 20 years ago, we would never have imagined.
"It's their world. We're giving them a quality of learning and what they need, and moving more and more toward integrating technology. Teachers are getting more adept at planning lessons with the technology, and [the donation] helps us give them that support."
Raney said the district uses People's Community Bank to hold the district's reserves.
"Every five years, we bid out bank depositories to hold our securities, and the bank was the highest bid for that," he said. "They handle different schools. Here they were thanking us for our business with them, and we were thankful to them for the donation."