JEFFERSON – Jefferson-Morgan School District has received a $10,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to help provide professional development for pre-K teachers and supply iPad minis for use by their students. PNC provided the funding in support of Grow Up Great, its bilingual program in early childhood education.
The grant will facilitate an ongoing project to incorporate technology in the classroom to foster pre-K student learning. The new technology, combined with professional development, will allow the teachers to better nurture the students’ discovery in science, math, reading and other domains through engaging high-quality lessons using developmentally appropriate practices.
“The Jefferson-Morgan School District is committed to maintaining high quality early childhood education programs,” said Kevin McCarty, early childhood coordinator for the school district. “This grant from PNC will prepare teachers to use the latest technology in the classroom and provide students and parents with excellent learning experiences. We are truly excited about this endeavor.”
The 2013-2014 school year will begin Jefferson-Morgan School District’s seventh year of serving Pre-K students. Through its partnership with Community Action Southwest, the school district has added a second Pre-K classroom and now serves 60 percent of the district’s 4-year-old population.
Since 2007, Jefferson-Morgan School District has received annual grants from the United Way of Westmoreland County School Readiness to promote meaningful transition activities for its students.
“Extensive research indicates that the return on investment in high-quality early education initiatives is significant and long lasting – impacting our children and the health of our economy,” said Kristen Libertini, PNC Bank branch manager in Waynesburg. “By preparing our youngest students for educational success, we help build a solid foundation for the future of this region.”