By Julie Ann Madden
Akron-Westfield School District patrons are encouraged to mark Friday night, Aug. 23 on their calendar to return to school.
That evening will not only be the traditional Sports Drink Scrimmages of A-W’s volleyball and football teams but it will be the school district’s kickoff to the brand new 1:1 Initiative, which provides each Grades 6-12 students with a MacBook Air computer laptop or an iPad.
High school students, Grades 9-12, will receive laptop computers and a backpack featuring the school’s logo to carry it in.
Middle School students, Grades 6-8, will receive iPads and backpacks.
“Parents of Grades 6 through 8 students do not need to purchase backpacks (for their children) because they can utilize this one to carry their books and other items,” said Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs. These students will not be allowed to take their computers home at night. Instead they will check them in and out at the school library.
It’s important that parents/guardians with children in Grades 6-12 attend this kickoff, said Briggs, who is requesting all these parents/guardians to attend this special kickoff.
Parents/guardians and their children will meet in the new gymnasium at 5:00 p.m. After a short presentation by school administration, staff and Apple® representatives, students will go with staff to receive their computers or iPads and backpacks.
Parents will remain for a Question & Answer session where school administrators will provide additional information and answer any questions they have.
Anyone in the community who is interested in the district’s new 1:1 Initiative program is invited to attend this kickoff program, said Briggs.