Clare County Community Foundation Board Views SMART Board Demonstration at Hillside Elementary

Caption for photo: Principal Barb Elliott demonstrates the use of a SMART board at Hillside Elementary School for members of the Clare County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Caption for photo: Principal Barb Elliott demonstrates the use of a SMART board at Hillside Elementary School for members of the Clare County Community Foundation Board of Directors.

The Clare County Community Foundation Board of Directors held its meeting at Hillside Elementary School in Harrison on October 19, 2011.  The purpose of having the meeting at the school was to see a demonstration of the use of a SMART board by Principal Barb Elliott.  Hillside Elementary School now has one of the interactive computerized boards in every classroom.  The first few boards were purchased using federal grant dollars received by the school district.  The staff and principal at Hillside decided that they wanted to attempt to provide the new technology to every teacher and student in the building by obtaining additional SMART boards.

Caption for photo:   Principal Barb Elliott demonstrates the use of a SMART board at Hillside Elementary School for members of the Clare County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Caption for photo: Principal Barb Elliott demonstrates the use of a SMART board at Hillside Elementary School for members of the Clare County Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Clare County Community Foundation helped Hillside reach its goal of a SMART board in every classroom with a grant award of $5,000.  The CCCF Board held its monthly meeting in a classroom so that Principal Elliott could demonstrate some of the many capabilities and educational uses of the SMART board.  The board members had an opportunity to ask questions about the uses and functions of the devices prior to conducting the regular meeting.

Hillside also used funds donated by the building Parent-Teacher Organization, individual donations by the employees in the building, and another grant from the Alden and Veda   Dow Foundation to complete the project.  Now the SMART boards are mounted and operational in all of the classrooms, and the faculty and students are learning many new and exciting ways to use them to assist with teaching and learning.  Principal Elliott and the students and staff at Hillside Elementary appreciate the support of the Clare County Community Foundation and everyone else who helped them make this project a success.