The Calgary Catholic Education Foundation (CCEF) would like to sincerely thank the Ernie & Leah Hagel Family Foundation for providing a $10,000 grant!
This grant was designated for the purchase of Chromebooks for two SW schools in the Calgary area. It is through the generosity of the Hagel family that students from Sacred Heart School and St. Mary’s High School are anticipating the arrival of their new technology.
Sacred Heart School currently has just over one class set of Chromebooks, shared by all classes and used continuously. Many of the families at the school are unable to access technology at home and it is only at school where students are able to be engaged in these inquiry-based learning activities. Sacred Heart is a small school and their School Council finds it difficult to fundraise because families themselves require support and therefore cannot also raise money for the school.
St. Mary’s High School population has continually grown over the past years to a point where the technology is not sufficient to meet the learning needs of students. One group of students who will be impacted by the Chromebooks is the English Language Learners (ELL) who are becoming comfortable with this technology and are able to increase their language understanding. St. Mary’s has already seen the impact in the classroom where the engagement is palpable when a Chromebook is in use.
The Hagel family’s gift will improve and enhance learning opportunities for over 500 students in two of our schools. The CCEF deeply appreciates the support received by the Hagel family.