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Corpus Christi Holy Rosary Gets $10K Tech Grant from Optimum

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Thanks to modern technology, more schools are employing state-of-the-art technology and distance learning into the classroom in an effort to replace old school textbooks. At a press conference Thursday at the County Office Building in White Plains, the winners of a $10,000 technology grant from Optimum Lightpath were announced by County Executive Rob Astorino. One of the recipients was Corpus Christi Holy Rosary School in Port Chester.

Five schools were chosen out of 44 applicants to receive the grant from Optimum Lightpath, an Ethernet-based communication solutions for the New York metropolitan area. The funds will be utilized to purchase digital equipment and computers to provide advanced teaching and learning technology to students.

Deirdre McDermott, the assistant principal of the Corpus Christi Holy Rosary School, said she was delighted to receive the award for the school.

“We’re thrilled we’re able to offer our children and our teachers this wonderful gift of distance learning and virtual field trips with what we applied for with the grant—this is something we wouldn’t be able to do if we didn’t receive this money, we had to work hard to get it,” said McDermott.

Emily Saunders, chairperson of development at Corpus Christi, said the money would help improve the school. “It’s a real opportunity to do future steps for the children and it’s wonderful to be selected out of a select group of competitors and it’s really a great opportunity for the school to develop an idea that we had in terms of learning the skills that the need going into adulthood,” she said.

Other winners of the grant include, Mount Pleasant Blythedale UFSD in Valhalla, Westlake High School in Thornwood, Thornton High School in Mount Vernon, and The Biondi School of Leake and Watts in Yonkers.

Keith Schenker, the principal of Westlake High School in Thornwood, said his school was fortunate that they applied for the grant in a short amount of time. All the winners received a surprise – a Golden Apple Award from Astorino.

“When we heard the news the other day, immediately our minds started racing about all the different things that the money is going to do for our kids. The Golden Apple award was a nice touch. It’s a nice appreciation for our work,” said Schenker. He added that the school will use the grant to purchase e-readers to help build literacy skills.

Jim DeSimone, a faculty member of Mount Pleasant Blythedale UFSD, a school-based hospital program, said he was humbled and honored that his school was chosen.

“It will be used for our brain injury kids so they can transition back into our classroom by using iPads and a speed-communication device for grades K-12,” DeSimone said.

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