WPA raises more than $10,000
With the help of the Warren Parents Association, Warren Elementary will become a little more technologically savvy next year.
The group, through holding fundraising events and securing grants, has raised more than $10,000 to equip classrooms with projectors, documents scanners and Internet-ready laptops.
'We're very excited about it,' Warren Elementary Principal Mike Judah said. 'It means we're going to have some new technology and media capabilities in the classroom.'
Judah said the new technology will enable students and teachers to do a lot of things they couldn't do before, such as use the Internet to aid instruction.
Marie Lager, president of the WPA, said the group raised more than $3,000 from a variety of fundraising efforts including a bazaar, garage sale and carnival.
In addition, Columbia River PUD supplied $2,000; The Community Foundation for Student Excellence provided a grant for $4,000; and The Autzen Foundation provided about $1,000.
Lager said the school's current computers had been around since 1999 and about half of them were inoperable. The group will use all the funds for the new technology and plan on installing it over the summer.