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WCS first grade class raises money online to fund tech equipment

WARRENSBURG - A local elementary school teacher and her students are taking action to obtain some needed classroom equipment without an impact on taxpayers.

First Grade teacher Shari Raymond and her first grade students have prompted the generosity of local businesses and individuals in obtaining a variety of items for educational use in their classroom.

Raymond's class recently acquired a new camcorder which will be used to videotape students reading as well as theatrical projects in the school.

In the past, Raymond and her students have obtained an egg incubator for science projects, two webcams to connect with pen-pals in a Warrensburg, Missouri first grade class, plus a wireless router, an industrial pencil sharpener, an LCD projector, and a projector cart. These fundraising projects saved the school district taxpayers $2,717.

Raymond and her students solicited donations through the website DonorsChoose.org where teachers submit proposals for items needed and people and businesses from virtually anywhere can make tax-deductible donations to fund projects that school districts are unable to bankroll.

The Warrensburg first grade class received many generous donations from not only local citizens and businesses, but others located throughout the U.S. as well, Raymond said.

At this point, Raymond now has a pending proposal for six Hewlett-Packard laptops to be used in a technology center in the classroom. Hewlett Packard Corp. has matched 50 percent of the total cost leaving $2,400 to be raised through donations. To review the proposal or to donate, visit www.donorsChoose.org/mrs.raymond.

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