Grants provide school with new computer software

Students, faculty and staff at St. Boniface Elementary are reaping the benefits of new computer equipment due in part to two grants recently awarded to the school.

On Wednesday St. Boniface received a grant from the Elk County Community Foundation’s Harrison and Muriel Dauer Stackpole Family Fund.
This grant made it possible for the school to obtain an LCD projector and a Lexmark laser printer. Both pieces of equipment will enhance the capabilities of the technology program allowing students to improve their knowledge and skills of various types of equipment with their use in computer classes.

According to Mike Meyer, tech support personnel at St. Boniface, the LCD projector is also compatible with SMART boards which the school hopes to purchase in the future. The boards are interactive electronic white boards that assist teachers in enhancing instruction. The touch-controlled screens works with a projector and computer.

In addition the printer is linked to all classroom computers for school-wide printing access.

St. Boniface Principal Marie Giazzoni added that the printer will be used in accelerated math program as well. She noted that due in part to one of the printer’s feature of printing on both sides of paper, the equipment will help in reducing the amount of paper used.
She added that Meyer was instrumental in choosing the best equipment for the school.

St. Boniface received a second grant awarded by OSRAM Sylvania. This grant provides the school with a networking system which is linked to a total of 29 computers. The system provides students access to computers used throughout the school at any time of day.
OSRAM’s grant also provided funds to purchase multi-user software for use in the computer lab.