One School at a Time: Mary Beck Elementary

Students use a variety of tools to learn at school each day.

Thanks to Martin's Supermarket, the kids at Mary Beck Elementary in Elkhart will get to add some new equipment to their tool box.

As NewsCenter 16's Tricia Sloma found out during a recent visit, the students are running short on headsets.

When Mary Beck third graders work on their keyboard skills, they use clever games and programs on the computer.

"My favorite part is that we get to learn how to type new words on the computer," Erika Perez explained.

But sometimes their work comes to a stop.

"If it's in the computer, we use the headphones, but they're not working so well," Erika admits. "That's why we need new ones."

"When it's really loud, some kids are trying to hear what the computer is saying," third grader Yuritzi Alvarez explains.

When the school year started, Mary Beck Elementary had about 30 headphones for their computer lab. Now, they are down to only about 10.

"They're shorting out, volume controls are breaking, cords are fraying, occasionally they get stepped on," teacher Lisa Rose explains.

But replacing headphones gets expensive. That is why Rose applied for the One School at a Time grant.

She's thrilled that her school is receiving $1,000.

"Oh I was so excited! I went into the office and did the happy dance," she admits. "I was so excited because it will make such a big difference for the students here."

Rose is looking for headphones with heavier cords and warrantees.

Something that will stay plugged in for future learning.

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