Challenger Middle School in Glendale, AZ (a Title I school) is composed of highly transitory, predominately English language learning students. As a result, these students are not as technologically literate as they need to be to be competitive in the real world. They struggle with basic skills like typing, researching, collaborating and emailing on a computer. To address this deficiency the school has recently won a grant for several hundred new iPads from Apple Corp. - giving nearly all of the students fulltime access to a computer starting in this next school year. Upper-class students (7th & 8th-graders) will be able to take these devices from class to class, as well as, take them home at night.
However, the students need wireless keyboards to complement the new iPads in order to optimize their value. Keyboards will give the students full functionality of the devices (and help them become expert typists as well as technologically literate). The Rotary Club of Sun City/Sun City Satellite proposes to make a significant dent in this need. Recently, through our club foundation we provided funding for several dozen keyboards. With a new (FY 2019-20) club contribution, plus a district matching grant, we will be able to triple that number - empowering all upper-class students with full computer functionality. Rotarians will be working with Challenger MS staff and the Challenger PTSA to achieve project goals.