MIAMI (CBS4) – Students at a South Florida elementary school are about to get a lot “smarter” thanks to a major donation by Dade Medical College.
Dade Medical College donated $14,000 worth of SMART Interactive Whiteboards to Amelia Earhart Elementary School in Hialeah, which is one of only a handful of public schools in Miami-Dade County equipped to handle children with special needs.
As a way of saying thanks, students and staff from Amelia Earhart Elementary honored Dade Medical College and Fl. State Representative Eddy Gonzalez during a special ceremony on Thursday.
“I am grateful to Amelia Earhart Elementary for this special honor,” said Ernesto Perez, Dade Medical College President & CEO. “At Dade Medical College, we strive to stay current on all of the latest teaching tools and we are very happy to be able to donate these SMART boards to Amelia Earhart Elementary so that they too can be on the cutting edge with the latest educational tools.”
SMART Boards are touch-screen, interactive whiteboards which allow users to use their hands for navigation and input rather than markers.
“Studies have found that having SMART boards in the classroom increases the attention and motivation the students have, therefore aiding learning outcomes,” stated Amelia Earhart PTA Vice President Zoe Prieto. “They also serve as excellent instructional, professional development and student collaboration tools. We are extremely thankful to Dade Medical College for this much needed donation and to Representative Gonzalez for making it happen.”
“I am very grateful to the leadership at Dade Medical College, whose generosity will help current and future students achieve their goals by making it easier for them to learn,” said Florida State Representative, Eddy Gonzalez who represents District 102 – which is the district the school is located in.