PEMS students thank PCI

Published 5:10 pm Monday, March 17, 2014

Perdido Elementary/Middle School students show off the laptops that the school was able to purchase thanks to PCI's grant.

Perdido Elementary/Middle School students show off the laptops that the school was able to purchase thanks to PCI’s grant.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, students at Perdido Elementary/Middle School are enjoying multiple additions to their playground, and advanced one-on-one technology.

The playground at PEMS has been updated with a variety of new equipment that encourages students to exercise in a fun filled way. They have new swings (with pads added underneath for safety), monkey bar dome, slides, and additional equipment to climb on.

In addition, rubberized mulch was added underneath to increase the safety of the children. What better way to encourage the love of physical activity in children, than providing a fun and safe environment where they can play with friends? The state of Alabama mandates at least 30 minutes of physical education per day in grades K-5, part of which may be met during recess.

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Third grade teachers Laurie Myer, Linda McCullough and Angela Lee have been involved in “Emints” training since the end of last year. This specialized training involves the utilization of technology in all aspects of student learning. To enhance this program for the students, the grant also provided MacBook Airs for each student in third grade, starting from the beginning of the school year. Specialized carts, which hold all of the laptops, allow them to be charged while they are stored overnight.

“At a time when budget cuts are infiltrating our schools, I am proud that we are able make this investment in the future of our children,” PCI Tribal Chairman Buford L. Rolin said. “I believe knowledge that is gained through education is essential for children to reach their goals in life, and it will enable them to have limitless opportunities.”

“The faculty and staff, as well as the entire Perdido community, are most appreciative of the generosity of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and their ongoing support and enhancement of education at Perdido,” said PEMS principal Phillip Stewart.