AT&T Awards $25,000 to EPS Foundation
Posted on August 8th, 2018

Pictured from left to right: Jan Moran (AT&T), Debreon Davis (principal, Edmond North), Anthony Rose (principal, Edmond Memorial), Jason Hayes (principal, Edmond Santa Fe), and Lori Dickinson Black, EPS Foundation executive director.
AT&T Oklahoma has joined the efforts of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation by awarding $25,000 to fund the request, “IGNITE Innovation and Technology for Edmond High School Students.” An Edmond Public School district priority is to, “Plan and implement a quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program K-12 to increase rigor and application, career exploration, project-based learning, HS Robotics, AP computer science, and GTT (gateway to technology) programs.” To this end, Edmond has formed an alliance with surrounding districts and the University of Central Oklahoma to create STEM committees at each school sight made up of members of the school and community. Yet, to fulfill this goal, teachers need greater access to the tools, materials and supplies that allow them to carry out critical hands-on science activities that are integral to student understanding of complex science principles. 
The IGNITE program in Edmond Public Schools will provide quality hands-on experiences that: 
•           spark innovative and technology solutions
•           foster in-depth understanding of science concepts
•           increase critical thinking 
•           make learning experiences more relevant
•           help students gain important real-world problem-solving skills
•           encourage healthy risk-taking and quick-thinking
•           build soft skills needed in the workforce
“We truly thank Jan Moran for being an ardent advocate for quality public education and to AT&T for this generous grant,” said Lori Dickinson Black, Edmond Public Schools Foundation executive director. “This gives our students the ability to experience learning on a whole new level. Failing, redesigning, being innovative, and problem-solving without consistent guidance are just some of the skills students will develop through this project. Studies provide evidence again and again that it is crucial for their ability to thrive in the workforce. When students can perform an experiment, the knowledge gained through experimentation is retained to a much high degree than if simply presented by an instructor.”
One teaching team at Edmond Memorial wrote that with hands-on science activities, “we have seen in just six months the transformation of students who never thought they could be engineers, designers, and researchers. They now question things that could benefit their community.” The grant makes it possible for nearly 7,000 students at Memorial, North and Santa Fe. “This truly is the definition of ONE Edmond that the EPSF Foundation promotes,” added Black. “Recognizing that while we can be proud to be a Bulldog, Husky or Wolf, it benefits our entire community to work together to support all of Edmond’s students and teachers collectively when we can.”
The mission of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation is to connect the community and its resources with Edmond Public Schools teacher, student and school needs in pursuit of the highest level of academic excellence. Since inception the EPS Foundation has provided over $2.4 million in direct support to the district. These resources have funded: new technology, classroom curriculum, software, hardware, teaching aids, teacher trainings, student scholarships, playground equipment, textbooks, supplies, musical instruments, artwork, equipment, teacher awards, and numerous other educational aids. To learn more about donating to Edmond Public Schools, go to www.edmondpsf.orgor contact the Edmond Public Schools Foundation at (405) 340-2819.  

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