Vojta first businessman to donate money for a SMART Board
The IVC Parents for Smart Students SMART Board Campaign kick off is 4 to 9 p.m. tonight at Illinois Valley Central High School.
Spring Green Lawn Care owner Dave Vojta was the first to step forward with a contribution from a business. Vojta donated $3,500, the amount to completely outfit a classroom with a SMART Board.
“Our children need SMART Boards, our teachers want them and it is our responsibility to do what we can to bring this technology to the classrooms at IVC,” said Vojta.
The campaign was spearheaded by a group of PTA parents who saw a SMART Board demonstration at South Primary School. The group decided to use their fundraising dollars to purchase a SMART Board for the school.
The group then decided they would like all of the classrooms in the school to have the interactive white board, likened to an 87-inch diagonal I-Pad.
They talked with IVC District superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak about their goal and together they consulted a representative of the SMART Corporation.
They learned that the latest generation of SMART technology, the 800 Series, was about to launch. The latest version increased the board’s interactive capabilities and allows two students to work at the same time at the board.
Other district school PTAs were asked to join and soon what started out as a school project, became a district-wide campaign. With the blessing of the IVC Board of Education, SMART Boards will be installed in all district classrooms where SMART Technology can be used, roughly 110.
“This level of instructional technology will set IVC apart as a technological leader throughout Illinois and the country,” said Polyak.
Teachers in the district will be trained in SMART Board use and will immediately have access to more than 50,000 vetted lessons to enrich their own lesson plans.
Tonight’s program will introduce the technology to the parents and the community. Many community businesses and organizations have already stepped forward to offer their support to bring the cutting-edge technology to the IVC District.
On April 1, the IVC Educational Foundation pledged to match 50 cents on every dollar of the first $40,000 donated to the SMART Board Campaign.
“Representatives from SMART have told us that they have never seen a community work together on a project like this. It brings me great pride to again see how our community values and supports our schools and our children,” said Dr. Polyak.