All Newport High School students receive new MacBook laptops to assist with studies

08/22/2016 02:37 PM

NEWPORT – Teachers and administrators at Newport High School are making sure that every student in the school becomes proficient in using technology by distributing new Apple MacBook laptop computers to every student for use during the school year.

The new MacBooks are the result of a $1.5 million federal School Improvement Grant, of which $500,000 was used to purchase the laptops.

In addition, all 7th and 8th grade students in the district will receive iPads, while students in grades 3-6 will have 5 iPads placed in each of their classrooms for use.

Jenna Koroly, a sustainability coach at Newport, said the laptops are all about trying to put Newport High School students in a position to succeed academically in the 21st century.

“We had the iPads, and they were great but the students here needed something more,” Koroly said. “We went to Apple in spring of last year and we worked with Apple on this initiative to help the students and the teachers to be successful with the MacBook.”

The district is 90 percent free and reduced lunch, so very few families would have been able to afford to purchase the laptops on their own.

“A lot of parents couldn’t afford a MacBook,” Koroly said. “I’ve looked at the price of them and it would be a struggle for me to afford a MacBook. It’s a great piece of technology to assist our kids.”

Newport senior Whitney Harden says that the new laptop will benefit her greatly with her studies.

“It’s going to help me, because I don’t have access to a computer at home and going to the library would be difficult because of my very busy schedule,” Harden said. “It’s going to help with scholarship applications and writing essays for my English class.”

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@twcnews.com.

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