One night last November, 31 teachers joined the school committee in the gymnasium to receive pens celebrating their accomplishments, but also, more importantly, their students with wireless remotes, engage them in reading with Kindles, teach them science with brand-new LabQuest programs, offer curriculum-based board games and much more.
Those grants were provided by the Braintree Fund for Education, which donated more than $47,000 last year for technology in classrooms and teacher grants across the school system. Contributions came from local donations and from PTO fees – an effort boosted again this year by the organization's sixth annual Evening of Entertainment.
Jim Plunkett Night, named for the DJ who will provide music, will take place Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Emerald Hall. Money raised will go toward those grants and technology, continuing a program that superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg said has allowed students and staff to access the Internet and enhanced instruction in the classroom.
"This town-wide effort is a wonderful example of parents and the community working together and demonstrating their commitment to enhance public education in the Town of Braintree," Kurzberg said in a statement.
Over the past five years, he said, more than $200,000 has been raised to wire elementary schools for high-speed Internet and to purchase 107 LCD and short-throw projectors (29 for , 28 for the middle schools and 50 for the elementary schools).
Tickets to Friday's event can be purchased for $25 at (409 Pond St.), (95 Grove St.), (295 Elm St.) and (29 Elm St). They are also available at all Braintree schools or by email at email@example.com.
"The BFFE has recognized that by utilizing updated technologies to assist our teachers an students with learning – we are better preparing our children for an exciting future," Mayor Joseph Sullivan said in a statement. "The fact that the BFFE has raised over $200,000, during the past five yeats, from local businesses, parents, all ten Parent-Teacher Organizations, school personnel and public officials is a true testament to the pride that we all take in the Braintree Public School system, as well as our belief in our children.”