Pekin school, student win in Hy-Vee contest
PACKWOOD — Pekin Elementary School is now the proud owner of a new SMART Board interactive whiteboard, thanks to the Hy-Vee SMART Points program.
More than 200 schools throughout the Midwest received the innovative technology tools this year through Hy-Vee’s SMART Points promotion, which ran from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. During the promotional period, shoppers who purchased Procter & Gamble products at Hy-Vee earned points that could be designated to the schools of their choice. Pekin Elementary School achieved the highest average points score in its region to earn the $1,500 SMART Board. In addition, Abbigail Hammes, a student at the school, won a 16GB iPad2 tablet for being the Pekin Elementary School student with the most points designated on her behalf.
Alan Shank, director of the Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store, and other Hy-Vee officials visited Pekin Elementary School Wednesday to present the SMART Board and iPad.
“When schools and businesses are able to work together to provide learning opportunities for students, everyone in the community wins,” Shank said. “We want to thank our great supplier partner, Procter & Gamble, and all our customers for making this donation possible.”
Hy-Vee’s SMART Points program launched in 2009. Now in its fourth year, SMART Points has awarded more than $1 million in Smart Boards and iPads to hundreds of schools throughout Hy-Vee’s eight-state operating area.
“Schools throughout Hy-Vee’s territory have experienced budget cuts and lack funds needed for technology spending. The SMART Points competition is a way for Hy-Vee and our customers to help provide the much-needed technology to local schools,” said Erin Bailey, assistant vice president, communications for Hy-Vee Inc. “SMART Boards are dynamic in the classroom and help teachers create an engaging learning environment for their students.”
The SMART Board interactive whiteboard functions as an oversized touch-sensitive computer display. Using a special pen, a finger or virtually any object, users can control computer applications, write notes, pull up charts and images, erase or rearrange objects on screen, search the Internet, play videos and save work. The board comes with special software that enables users to create customized lessons, presentations and learning activities and save them for future use.