Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NHS Class of 1953 Donates $8,000 for Newburyport High School Library Technology

 P.O. Box 1002
Newburyport, MA 01950
Immediate Release May 2, 2012
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NHS Class of 1953 Donates $8,000 for Newburyport High School Library Technology
NEWBURYPORT-MA -- The NHS Class of 1953 announced it will donate $8,000 to the Newburyport High School to support the efforts of the Newburyport Education Foundation (NEF) to bring new technology to the library for 21st Century learning. This gift was announced by the class to follow the lead of the Institution for Savings’ recent donation of $100,000 to the NEF for the library.

The class of 1953 will purchase a Bretford Mobility Media Cart (Apple iPad Learning Lab) for the storage and charging of MacBooks and iPads. The cost of this media cart with 10 iPads, along with Apple Care protection, is approximately $7,859.

“We are proud to support the effort to make the library a state-of-the art learning facility,” said Carl Beal, NHS Class of 1953 President and 2011 Ed Award Recipient. “This mobile media cart is a high priority for the library to secure, charge, and transport media devices, and we are happy to contribute the funds to purchase this piece of equipment and iPads for the library.”

The Class of 1953 has been an active and generous class supporting the high school library and the Newburyport Public Schools for the past nine years.

“We are thrilled with the continued support of the Class of 1953,” said Lynne Cote, Library Media Specialist at the high school. “The teachers, students and community will be overjoyed with this opportunity for our students to access the power of technology within the school walls.”

Through the NEF, the Class of 1953 has donated more than $18,000 to the Newburyport Public Schools, named the Circulation Desk in the library in honor of Virginia Bilmazes Bernard, a former NHS Librarian, and named over 60 seats in the High School auditorium in honor of classmates. The class conducts an annual fundraiser from classmates and has been doing so since their 50th class reunion in 2003. Carl Beal describes the class of ’53 as a “special class with great class spirit and dedication still making a difference at our Alma Mater.”

“The Class of 1953 continues to be a testament to the generosity of NHS graduates,” said Dr. Marc Kerble, Superintendent of Schools.” Our library is on its way to becoming a premier library-media center thanks to the generous gifts of the Institution for Savings and the Class of 1953.”

About the Newburyport Education Foundation (NEF) The Mission of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to bring philanthropy into the Newburyport Public Schools and generate financial resources that will enhance the quality of public education throughout the school system. Formed to enhance educational opportunities for the city’s public school children, the goal of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to supplement funding for programs which are already supported by public financing at a basic level, but which can be substantially improved by additional private sector financing, and to finance programs that might not receive funding from traditional sources such as the district budget or state aid.
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