JFK Elementary students to receive new iPads as part of Apple grant

JFK Elementary students to receive new iPads as part of Apple grant
A poster welcomes the arrival of new iPads. (Source: WOIO)
A poster welcomes the arrival of new iPads. (Source: WOIO)
A JFK student gets familiar with his new iPad. (Source: WOIO)
A JFK student gets familiar with his new iPad. (Source: WOIO)

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - One local school is upgrading its technology by giving each and every student a brand new iPad.

The competition to get the iPads was tough, but JFK Elementary in Maple Heights was top of the class.

Principal Zelina Pames applied for an Apple grant and won. Out of 114 schools in the country, JFK is one of three in Ohio to win the award. It means all 575 students will get a brand-new iPad.

"It's a wonderful, amazing. I can't find the words to explain how this is going to better our community here. My students, their future is so bright and I'm just really excited for what our students will accomplish," said Pames.

It's all a part of President Obama's ConnectED & Apple's plan to upgrade technology in under-served schools across the country. Students will learn how to use the iPads in and out of the classroom and they'll always be connected, thanks to AT&T's free wifi.

Educators say now, students will always be learning.

"They're able to do that at home now and teachers can give these fascinating assignments that they've always wanted to give and sometimes you couldn't because we can't penalize anyone who may not have technology or wifi at home, but now they have it," said parent Shay Price.

Apple sent support staff to show the students how to use their new tools.

"It's like cool because we get to make stuff on it," said second grader James.

"It's really good, we get to do all this stuff and color and it's really big," said second grader Chyenne.

Teachers got a little something too -- they received a Mac computer, an iPad and an Apple TV for the classroom.

Now everyone at JFK is connected.

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