Students to Receive iPads and interactive white boards at Catholic school

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TORRINGTON — St. Peter / St. Francis School in Torrington, will announce its plan to rollout a comprehensive technological education program during a celebration in the school’s gymnasium on March 8.

Each of the school’s sixth, seventh and eighth graders will receive the use of a dedicated iPad, opening up a world of educational opportunities to them. According to Principal Jo-Anne Gauger, Apple has made great strides in creating applications for education, and has a variety of textbooks available. In addition to the iPad technology, every classroom (pre-k through 8) will be equipped with an interactive white board, which will give students the opportunity to interact with the content of the lessons electronically.

Gauger says that the faculty will be trained in the new technology in order to have the greatest, most positive impact on the students’ learning. The entire school is in the process of being equipped with Wi-Fi access. The technology will be up and running for the students at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.

The celebration of the announcement will be attended by Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dale R. Hoyt, Retired Auxiliary Bishop Peter A. Rosazza, a graduate of St. Francis School, along with the entire student body, staff, parents and parishioners. Refreshments and a pep rally are planned.

The technology program is being funded through the partial use of three large bequests to the school including a gift from Father John Castelanni, the first principal of St. Peter School. In his will, he left a portion of his estate to the school. Maureen Shugrue, a longtime educator in Torrington also left a bequest to both St. Francis School and St. Francis Parish, and Frances Ducci, a longtime trustee and finance council member of St. Francis parish made a substantial donation to both the parish and the school.

According to the Rev. Christopher Tiano, the pastor of the Torrington cluster of parishes, who was instrumental in implementing the program, the bequests were put aside by the parish and school administration in order to invest in the future of the school. The cost of the project is approximately $90,000.00.

“This is an extremely exciting project, one that was supported by our school board, and received the approval of Archbishop Henry Mansell. I think it will put our school in the forefront of education in Litchfield County and beyond,” said Tiano.

For information on St. Peter/St. Francis School, visit: www.Spsfschool.org.

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