BOULEVARD- Technology upgrades are coming to Boulevard. Elementary school educators and students at Clover Flat Elementary School will be getting better acquainted with the digital age thanks BOULEVARD - Technology upgrades are coming to Boulevard. Elementary school educators and students at Clover Flat Elementary School will be getting acquainted with the digital age thanks to the....
the Barona Band of Mission Indians, who answered a grant written by Donna Burton, the school’s second-grade teacher and assistant principal.
The school recently received a $5,000 Barona education grant, and will use the money to buy an iMac desktop, two MacBook pro laptops and two Canon camcorders, Principal Bill Dennett said, in part to “start documenting events at the school, make presentations at school assemblies and keep an historical video record of our school.”
With just 150 students in its prekindergarten-through-fifth-grade school, the grant was a big one for Clover Flat, which earned a California Distinguished School Award in 2008 and 2012.
“We’re a very small school,” said Dennett, who is also principal at nearby Jacumba Middle School. “If we were a large San Diego Unified school with 800 kids, $5,000 would seem like nothing. But for us it’s a big deal.”
Burton wrote the grant as part of her continuing education studies at Point Loma Nazarene, and contacted Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, for support.
“This is a wonderful thing for our community,” Burton said. “We don’t have a lot of advanced technology, so to be able to offer video production is a big deal, to get them to enjoy the art of video production and experience this is a wonderful thing for our school children and the community.”
Burton said some of the ideas staff have considered are a video yearbook, a video collage for parents and a collective video show at the end of the year for parents of the students to watch.
“We are proud to be able to provide students with tools to help improve their education,” said Clifford LaChappa, chairman of the Barona Band. “In today’s world, technology is an important aspect of that. When Assemblyman Brian Jones submitted Clover Flat Elementary for an education grant we saw that they had an immediate need for updated technology.”
Clover Flat serves students from the Jacumba and Boulevard communities and three neighboring Indian reservations, La Posta, Manzanita and Campo.
“It’s nice to connect Barona to our outlying tribes out here as well,” Dennett said.
Since 2006, the Barona Band has awarded more than $2 million to more than 400 schools statewide to help bridge school budget gaps and share resources through its Barona Education Grant Program.
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