Cleveland Elementary reaches SMART Board milestone







Cleveland sixth-grade teacher Claire Hornsby (from left) works with students Haley Shrewsberry, Tyler Washburn, and Luz Elizarraraz on a SMART Board showing an animated geography sequence. The sequence shows the separation over millions of years of the supercontinent Pangaea into the seven continents we know today. The boards are used to integrate all pictorial and textual material, including the Internet, to help students perform better in reading, math, science, and social studies. A cast of thousands (not literally) met after school Monday at Cleveland Elementary to celebrate a signal event: the school now has a SMART Board in every one of its 30-odd classrooms, representing an investment of some $66,000 over the last several years. Money for the sizable project came from several sources: the Blount County state Legislative delegation, educational grants, the Blount County Board of Education, CAWACO Resource Conservation and Development agency, and especially participation by Cleveland teachers, many of whom contributed their scanty classroom instructional supplies and technology funds for several years toward the project. CAWACO contributed $11,000 for the SMART Boards over the course of the project, including the final contribution, a $5000 check presented to the school earlier this week. Two teachers were singled out by Cleveland Elementary principal David Bradford for special recognition for their contributions to the project: second grade teacher Annette Protz and reading coach Linda Johnson. – Ron Gholson

Cleveland sixth-grade teacher Claire Hornsby (from left) works with students Haley Shrewsberry, Tyler Washburn, and Luz Elizarraraz on a SMART Board showing an animated geography sequence. The sequence shows the separation over millions of years of the supercontinent Pangaea into the seven continents we know today. The boards are used to integrate all pictorial and textual material, including the Internet, to help students perform better in reading, math, science, and social studies. A cast of thousands (not literally) met after school Monday at Cleveland Elementary to celebrate a signal event: the school now has a SMART Board in every one of its 30-odd classrooms, representing an investment of some $66,000 over the last several years. Money for the sizable project came from several sources: the Blount County state Legislative delegation, educational grants, the Blount County Board of Education, CAWACO Resource Conservation and Development agency, and especially participation by Cleveland teachers, many of whom contributed their scanty classroom instructional supplies and technology funds for several years toward the project. CAWACO contributed $11,000 for the SMART Boards over the course of the project, including the final contribution, a $5000 check presented to the school earlier this week. Two teachers were singled out by Cleveland Elementary principal David Bradford for special recognition for their contributions to the project: second grade teacher Annette Protz and reading coach Linda Johnson. – Ron Gholson