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Posted on: July 20, 2023

Plainfield Provides Grant Providing Laptops to Plainfield Students


The Town of Plainfield and the Plainfield Community School Corporation (PCSC) are partnering to provide PCSC students with new Chromebook laptops, ensuring students in Plainfield schools are fully equipped to embrace the digital age and thrive in their academic endeavors for years to come. The Town of Plainfield will grant the Plainfield Community School Corporation $2,125,000 over five years toward equipping students with the necessary tools for a technologically advanced education, while PCSC will fund the additional costs. This grant and partnership allow Plainfield Schools to preserve the use of the education fund for teachers and educational materials.

“We appreciate the Town of Plainfield’s partnership with Plainfield Schools, and their commitment to the technology grant, which will help furnish all students with Chromebooks that will be used to provide individualized and group instruction, while also improving technological literacy,” said Superintendent Scott Olinger. “We recognize that we are extremely fortunate to have leaders within the Town of Plainfield that prioritize the education of the students in our community, and we are grateful for their forward-thinking stewardship.”

The technology grant has been designed to sustain and enhance digital literacy and provide every student with access to cutting-edge educational resources. With the continued usage and updating of Chromebooks, Plainfield schools are taking a proactive approach to nurturing digital literacy and essential technology skills.

The acquisition of new Chromebooks will open up a wide range of educational opportunities for students. These lightweight, portable devices enable access to a wealth of online resources, research materials, and school-provided interactive learning platforms. In today's interconnected world, proficiency in utilizing digital tools is vital for success in higher education and the workforce. By integrating technology into the curriculum, students will develop the necessary digital literacy and critical thinking abilities needed to navigate the digital landscape effectively.

“Over the course of 5 years, we will be helping the schools equip over 5,700 students with their own take-home laptops,” said Town of Plainfield Council President, Robin Brandgard. “The Town of Plainfield continues to be committed to supporting Plainfield Schools and their students. The Town has found creative ways, using tax increment financing (TIF) resources, to support the Plainfield Community School Corporation directly.”

One of the key goals of the technology grant is to address any existing disparities in access to technology. By providing Chromebooks to all students, regardless of their socio-economic background, The Town of Plainfield and Plainfield Schools are ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to learn and thrive in the digital age. This initiative aims to level the playing field and bridge the technology gap that may hinder students' educational progress.

By equipping students with Chromebooks, school and town leaders are empowering them with the tools necessary to excel in a rapidly evolving world.

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