Oconto school district gets technology boost from Packers, UScellular – Green Bay Press Gazette

OCONTO – The Green Bay Packers helped the Oconto Unified School District get to enjoy their own “leap” Tuesday.
A celebration that included former Packer Jarrett Bush was held Tuesday marking the district receiving a $20,000 technology makeover through the Packers and UScellular via the Leap for Learning program.
The Oconto Unified School District plans to use the money to outfit a STEAM Lab and classrooms where students will receive hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The collaborative space will allow teachers to give students real-world, interactive experiences in these sought-after fields.
“As educators, we want to prepare our students for a robust career path and future, and we know technology education and access is a key part of that,” Scott Boucher, director/network engineer at Oconto UnifiedSchool District, said in a news release. “Thanks to UScellular, the Green Bay Packers and the Leap for Learning program, this technology upgrade will give us the opportunity to provide our students with state-of-the-art equipment that will facilitate team building and collaboration among students while teaching the skills of problemsolving, critical thinking and innovation.”
Earlier this fall, educators, administrators and parents nominated a K-12 school or school district across Wisconsin for the program. A summary was included describing why the school deserved a technology makeover and how it would make a difference to the students.
About 240 nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges on the proposed project’s ability to improve STEM-related education using technology and the innovativeness of teaching programs using technology.
Boucher handled the nomination for the Oconto Unified School District, where he has worked for 15 years collaborating with the teaching staff on their classroom ideas and providing the technology hardware and or software to implement those ideas.
“We are proud to join UScellular for the Leap for Learning program to help a Wisconsin school receive a much-needed technology makeover,” Chad Watson, Packers director of sales & business development, said in the news release. “It’s important to the Packers to support youth and education throughout Wisconsin and ensure students have access to the resources they need to learn and grow.”
Since 2009, UScellular has donated more than $22.6 million along with countless experiences and technology items to nonprofit organizations across the country. Additionally, through its After School Access Project, the wireless carrier has pledged up to $13 million in hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet in its markets.
Contact Kevin Dittman at 920-431-8416 or [email protected].
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