“People around the world are keeping up with advances in technology, but so many of our schools right here in the U.S. don't have the resources to help kids stay current and be successful as they move on in their educational careers,” Sullinger said. “Through the SNHU partnership, we can find ways to change that, and thecomputer labs are a great start.”
In renovating the computer lab, the Celtics and SNHU purchased 30 new Chromebooks. A seldom-used classroom was repainted and decorated with new furniture as well as Celtics wall graphics. The room is now a modern, bright and inviting environment for the sixth, seventh and eighth graders to work and study.
“We’re grateful for the upgrades the Celtics and SNHU provided to us,” said Bill Krantz, McLaughlin Middle School principal. “Now even more of our students will have opportunities to harness the power of technology in everyday learning.”
During the opening ceremony event, members of the school's boys' and girls' basketball teams were the first to try out the computers by completing an online scavenger hunt designed by the Celtics staff. Students were asked to answer trivia questions about Manchester, SNHU, the Celtics, and Jared Sullinger by using the Chromebooks to look up the answers. McLaughlin hosted a Google Hangout for students in the gymnasium to watch and listen. It was a real time example of how the computers can be used to benefit the entire school.
“Southern New Hampshire University could not be more excited to be working with the Celtics and the staff and students at the McLaughlin Middle School,” said SNHU president Paul LeBlanc. “Technology is a key driver to improving how students learn, and this partnership helps to make that happen.”
More photos of today's event can be seen on the school district's Facebook page.