Belle Terre Elementary showcases iPad pilot program

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Belle Terre Elementary School Principal Stephen Hinson was recognized at the Flagler County School Board’s Tuesday, May 1, meeting, for receiving certification in the Principal Leadership Academy.

In addition, Hinson is also currently working on a PhD, and his school was featured at the meeting for its newly launched go-paperless program.

Technology workers Joey DiPuma, Joe Jakubowski and Brock O'Shell, sponsored fifth-graders Jordan Munoz and Zoe Estberg, in developing an iPad-driven paperless pilot program, showcasing May 1 how the program saves ink and paper.

“It’s a way of saving money; it’s a way of educating our kids,” DiPuma told the board, adding that the program helps students make digital documents accessible outside of the classroom. 

Students can upload worksheets onto their iPads, edit them virtually then turn them in online.

Since last December, he said, Munoz and Estberg have saved a combined 500 sheets of paper by using iPads.

Bunnell Problem Solvers place third
Bunnell Elementary School’s Future Problem Solving team, which in March participated in a state competition in Orlando, was recognized at the May 1 School Board meeting, as well, for placing third in the event.

The winning team was a group of seven fifth- and six-grade students — Hannah Williams, Mariah Kinard, Hunter VanHook, Randall Tucker, Sharon Gardner, Gregory Gardner and Megan Ryone — who won for their project “Families In Transition.”

Beginning last September, the team researched homelessness and has raised more than $400 for the Angel Project, an organization which donates holiday gifts to financially struggling families.

It also collected more than 250 canned goods for The Care Cupboard, a First United Methodist Church in Bunnell food pantry, as well as created a Flagler County Emergency Fund for homeless families. To meet its goal of raising $1,000 in the fund, the group will sell inspirational band bracelets at school.



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