Patriot touchdowns score school computersBy SARAH HINCKLEY Herald Staff | January 05,2008Ramona and Harry Potter are going to have to make room for more characters in the Sherburne Elementary School computer lab.
Thanks to a Massachusetts company, nine new computers are due to be delivered to the mountain school on Jan. 16.
Kaspersky Lab, a leading provider of Internet security software, has teamed up with the New England Patriots Radio Network for Touchdowns for Technology, a program that will give eight New England schools as many new computers among them as the Patriots make touchdowns. This season the Patriots scored a total of 75 touchdowns.
In the computer lab at Sherburne Elementary, the computers, on average at least 10 years old, are named after book characters. The room, located next to the library, is well-packed with equipment. Adding more computers may pose a challenge, but the school is more than willing to accommodate its good fortune.
"I think technology is so important," said Sandy Farbman, who wrote the essay that qualified the school for the program. "I got inspired and motivated by everyone who works here and gives 110 percent."
Farbman highlighted three reasons the school could use new computers: to fully meet information technology standards as described in the Vermont Framework, be competitive in a technological world, and collaborate with students across cultural and national boundaries.
Cultural awareness at Sherburne is a strong part of instruction; the school has had visiting teachers from Thailand and Korea.
"It was the school's vision, everybody works hard and does their part," said Farbman, who teaches special education at the school. "We're very interested in our kids being able to get their hands on the latest software."
Farbman has been invited to Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots, to receive a plaque and meet one of the players at a Touchdowns for Technology ceremony.
"I'm an avid Patriots fan," said Farbman, who was crossing her fingers that quarterback Tom Brady would be the player in attendance — or a pair of Super Bowl tickets is stuck to the back of her plaque.
There are 35 computers at the school that are used by the 77 students, from kindergarten through sixth grade, as well as teaching staff. Two of those students will travel to Gillette Stadium with Farbman to represent Sherburne Elementary.
"Sandy's done a wonderful job of making sure her students can benefit from the technology we have here," said Principal Loren Pepe. "We really are relying on the generosity of others to help us stay current with technology. If we get new computers, they'll have to get new names."
Contact Sarah Hinckley at firstname.lastname@example.org.MORE IN Wire NewsThe Associated Press Full StoryKIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone... Full StoryATHENS, Greece — A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party’s win... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day, 1700, Cascadia Earthquake, Magnitude 9 plus, strikes West Coast with tsunami effects felt as far away as Japan; in 1885, troops loyal to Sudanese Mohammad Ahmad conquer Khartoum; in 1992, Boris Yeltsin untargets U.S.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 971 AD, Southern Han war elephant corps defeated by Song Dynasty troops bowmen; in 1870, Montana, Marias massacre, U.S. kills 173 Native Americans; in 1941, Charles Lindbergh recommends neutrality pact with Nazis.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Bryanna Allen reports Castleton Downtown hosts open house, fire in Springfield leaves family without a roof of their own, suspected Bosnian war criminal trial goes to jury, Brent Curtis reports Rutland Town budget set to rise.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Bill in Legislature proposes naming beagle Vermont state dog; Associated Press looks back at year in opiate abuse; Shapiro's in Brandon soon to close after 75 years; probe shows illegal online gun sales booming.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1861, JEFFERSON DAVIS resigns from the U.S. Senate to become president of the Confederate States of America, in 1908, NYC passes law forbidding women from smoking in public; in 1968, B-52 crashes, loses H-bomb.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Aldermen debate request for $75K from Zamias Fund for Wonderfeet museum, Bryanna Allen covers CSC Spring Convocation, proponents of sugary drinks tax meet press at State House, Neal Goswami reports revenue forecast for state.