Ribbon Cutting – Glen Oaks Park Tech Corner
Past Event Aug. 22 2019
The Historic Flood of 2016 left Glen Oaks Park Elementary with over two million dollars in flood damages, but three years later, partnerships with Capital One and Heart of America have sparked new life into the school. Glen Oaks Park Elementary will celebrate the grand opening of its new Technology Corner at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22.
Through a generous grant from Capital One, Heart of America’s team worked with Glen Oaks Park Elementary School staff and the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s Technology Department to transform a traditional educational space into a state-of-the-art technology center featuring an interactive whiteboard, a 3D printer, new laptop and tablet computers, and makerspace materials. The physical makeover of the space included a new layout and design, and new furniture to foster collaborative learning. This technology provides on-demand access to software and tools, empowering students to develop the skills needed to succeed in our increasingly digital economy.
Glen Oaks Park Elementary Principal Bernard Williams remembers the heartbreak that students and staff endured during the flood.
“Twenty-one of our staff members lost all of their things and their homes in the flood and so did many of our students,” Principal Williams said. “I will never able to express my appreciation for the partnership with Heart of America and Capital One. This grant will help our staff, students, and parents forget those challenging times of the 2016 flood. ”
The Panther Family will use the grant to introduce students to more cutting-edge technology. It will also help close the achievement gap for students and advance students to the next level using 21st-century learning techniques.
Leading up to the ribbon cutting on August 22 volunteers from Heart of America, a national nonprofit that works to provide high-quality resources and modern learning environments, and volunteers from Capital One will complete the new Tech Corner by assembling furniture, installing technology, and setting up STEAM materials. The volunteers will also conduct Financial Literacy Lessons and spend time reading to classrooms across the campus. Volunteer work will conclude with the official ribbon cutting of the Technology Corner.