Nearly $70K will be used to buy technology, other supplies

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Carpenter Foundation Grant Awarded to Russellville Independent Schools $69,673.74 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation last week to help purchase some needed technology and other educational resources.

The grant monies will be used for several projects in the district, including five Smart Boards for Russellville Junior/Senior High School; hardback books and magazine subscriptions at Stevenson Elementary School; an I-Pad cart to enhance teaching, learning, and developmental environments for early childhood education; and the purchase of additional Google Chromebooks. The district will match the portion of the grant dedicated to the Chromebooks, and two teachers will be sent for training to become Google Certified Educators.

Jim Guthrie, Division Manager of Carpenter Company in Russellville, presented Russellville Suerpintendent Leon Smith with the check on July 8, 2014.

“I am thankful for the Carpenter Foundation’s continuing support of our schools and their willingness to work with us as we try to provide the best education possible for our students,” Smith said.

The foundation, which was formed in 1975 by the founder of the Richmond, Va., based company, meets twice annually to consider grant requests from public charities in communities where Carpenter Company has had long-time manufacturing facilities. Carpenter has been operating in Russellville since 1969. The Russellville location was the third plant for the company, which now has 56 locations and 4700 employees worldwide. It is the largest maker of comfort cushioning products in the world.

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