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Two South Plains schools receive thousands in grant dollars

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Levelland High and Shallowater Middle School both receive thousands of dollars in grants to grow rural education by enhancing their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs.

Shallowater Middle received $10,000, all going toward technology improvements in classrooms.

"The majority of the money is going toward purchasing chrome books for our students," said Aron Strickland, Principal of Shallowater. "The acquisition of the chrome books is actually part of a larger initiative on our campuses part just to promote more of a blended learning environment for our students."

At Levelland administrators are using its $25,000 grant to purchase a plasma cam.

"Plasma cam is a computerized cutting machine," said Ag Mechanics teacher Omar Solano. "You plug your cutout into the machine, into the computer and hit a button and it just cuts away."

"It gives them a better set of skills with computer programming and also helps them use their imagination a lot more on projects that can be done," he said. "We can build a lot more projects, a lot more complex projects, a lot better cutouts, it's just going to help us build the program up."

The same is said of the Chromebooks that are being purchased at Shallowater.

"We try to present them with learning opportunities that go beyond just the face to face instruction in the classroom in the school day and by promoting a blended learning environment we are giving them access to resources, opportunities to collaborate their teacher, opportunities to collaborate with their classmates outside the classroom to further enhance their learning opportunities with this," Strickland said. 

Shallowater is expecting a few hundred Chromebooks to be in the classrooms soon. Levelland is still shopping for its plasma cam. 

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