Mainstay Coordinator Monica Brantley and Newton County School System Grants Coordinator Tiffany Merriweather applied for the grant.
“We are so thankful for Dollar General’s support of Mainstay Academy-GNETS and our efforts to strengthen literacy with students in Newton County,” Brantley said. “The $3,000 grant check will be used to purchase Chromebooks for our students and open up a world of reading opportunities.”
According to Merriweather, the Chromebrooks will increase access to literacy tools online and will allow the students to have individualized learning environments day to day. Merriweather indicated the Chromebooks would serve 25 at-risk students with disabilities in grades three through 12.
“Some students at Mainstay have moderate to severe disruptive behaviors,” Merriweather explained in her grant application. “That doesn’t reflect their wonderful gifts inside or their love for interactive learning activities using technology. Devices such as computers, tablets, laptops and smartboards have been found to be beneficial in the facilitation of learning.
“Technology integration in teaching to special education and in learning has influence on students’ motivation, attitudes, achievement and peer interactions. This project will emphasize technology integration for our neediest students using Georgia Standards of Excellence, district curriculum and face-to-face instruction combined with online learning to supplement and reinforce that instruction. Online learning to be used will include a variety of literacy software programs which have been found to be successful in schools and throughout the nation.”
“At Dollar General, our actions are guided by our mission of ‘Serving Others,’” Trenton Homiller, district manager, said. “This is not just about the in-store experience for our customers but also includes the career opportunities we can provide for our employees and the privilege we have to serve the communities we call home. Our customers and communities are at the center of everything we do and we are extremely grateful to be a part of each one.”