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Board of Education Recognitions

Posted: May 24, 2021

Rotary Club of Albuquerque

The Rotary Club of Albuqueque was recognized for their extraordinary donation to four APS schools.

The Rotary Club of Albuquerque, the oldest and largest Albuquerque club, reached out in November to see what was needed at four APS downtown/Old Town schools.  The principals told them the youngest learners were struggling with hearing their teachers because there was too much noise at home, usually with other learners also in virtual classrooms, or in daycare, or they just couldn't tune out the noise at home.  Their teachers were also struggling to hear the students because their voices are smaller, and there was often too much ambient noise being picked up by their iPads.

The principals told the Rotary Club that over-the-ear headphones would be helpful since these sorts of headphones cost $20 each making them out of reach for the families and for the schools to purchase them.  The Rotary Club of Albuquerque stepped right up and purchased FIVE HUNDRED sets of headphones to the tune of $10,000 for Lew Wallace, Reginald Chavez, Longfellow, and Eugene Field elementary schools. That was enough for every kindergarten, first, and second-grade student to receive a pair, with a few leftover to support older kids with needs.

These headphones were incredibly important for virtual learning and were found to be even more critical when students moved into small groups with students in-class needing to connect with different remote services and using different apps. Now that classrooms are in-person, it is these headphones that allow students to connect with their remote reading mentors, tutors, continue to use applications with sound, connect with other classes and students, and collaborate with their virtual classmates. Having a good pair of headphones for every student was a game-changer in each school’s virtual instruction, and continues to be so for in-person instruction. Thank you, Rotary Club of Albuquerque, for your incredible generosity.