Our “Fund-A-Need” effort began at the 2004 St. John LaLande Holiday Auction. We have raised over $153,262 in the last eleven years! Thank you for your continued support!
This year’s Fund-A-Need is centered around three (3) areas within the school and monies raised will be spent in this order:
- Technology – 45 Chromebooks. Estimated cost is $225 each ($10,125 total)
- Campus Security – Cameras on St. John LaLande grounds. Estimated cost is $2,000. Grounds locations: Parish, School, and Early Childhood Development.
- Cafeteria Upgrade – Ice Machine. Cost is $2,932
Why Chromebooks? St. John LaLande joined hundreds of schools this year, becoming a Google App school. This means that our students have access (controlled through us) to the suite of Google tools: G Mail, Docs, Sites, Forms, and most exciting of all, Google Classroom! Google Classroom gives teachers the opportunity to post assignments /videos, etc. online. Parents can have access to this classroom through their child’s Google account.
Chromebooks, through the Google suite of tools, enable students to do all of the things they could do with a traditional laptop without the maintenance concerns of additional software at a very reasonable price. Currently 30 Chromebooks have been deployed and widely used by all age levels (K to 8th) along with the existing technology: iPad cart used in music and preschool thru 3rd grade, and Uno books available to all ages and used primarily in 4th and 5th grade science.
These technologies will insure that all SJL students have exposure to and experience with available technologies, making them ready for whatever high school they choose to attend!
Why cameras? The Early Childhood Center and school are working closely together to insure an integrated safety plan for our parish campus. Cameras are necessary to maintain our students’ safety and insure that access is only available to authorized persons. This is especially important for the most vulnerable of our students, preschoolers, and our infants. Cameras at specific doors are a necessary upgrade to providing our families state of the art safety and technology.