Primary school pupils will benefit from new technology, thanks to the Gore Town and Country Club Committee’s generosity.
Committee members will start delivering more than 150 Acer Chromebooks to five primary schools in the area today.
Gore Main School, West Gore School, East Gore School, St Mary’s School and Mataura School will each receive about 30 computers.
Committee president Doug McWhirter said the group wanted to help schools obtain new equipment for their pupils.
“We identified a hole in our community and we wanted to help with that,” Mr McWhirter said.
Chromebooks were smaller laptop computers which could easily be used at pupils’ desks, he said.
Traditionally, the committee gave out grants every three months but the opportunity to help immediately was too good to pass up, he said.
“We’re super excited to be giving them to the schools. Schools are struggling for funding as it is and if we can help out, we will.”
“We like .. helping to support the younger ones.”
St Mary’s School principal Annie Nelson was over the moon with the donation.
“We are really happy, we’re so grateful and they’re just great people,” Mrs Nelson said.
The digital technology curriculum will be compulsory in schools from next year and the Chromebooks made it easier, she said.
“We [St Mary’s] have been running a purchasing plan for the past four years and this donation put us ahead by about 12 to 18 months, which is absolutely fantastic.”