High tech win for small town school

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

MELISSA, TX - Hours of work, countless projects and thousands of votes later Karen Rose's third grade class was named the grand prize winners of a national technology makeover contest.

"They worked really hard and our goal was to do the absolute best that we could do," said Rose.

And their best was good enough as the kids at Henry McKillop Elementary in Melissa created a music video title "We Use Technology” and submitted it to E-Instruction's technology makeover competition against over 200 other schools.

"I just feel like really good because I have the thought that we beat all those other videos worldwide," said Kyle Leonard, a student in Rose’s class.

And right before their winter break they found out that the votes and judges had put them as number one.

"Probably the most exciting thing I've ever experienced, just that much joy at one time," said Rose.

She says her students were ecstatic when they heard the news on Thursday and have been bouncing off the walls ever since.

"I was so excited I wanted the technology really bad because it's going to be really cool and I was just really excited," said third grader Rebecca Murphy.

The prize is $30,000 worth of new technology and software, such as an interactive white board, mobile computers and learning software.

And as Mayor of Melissa and father of one of Rose’s students, Reed Greer says he and the other parents couldn’t be more proud of the kids and the school.

"I was just talking to one of the parents… and she was saying Melissa ISD is kind of like the little engine that could and I kind of agree with her," said Greer.

Rose says the boost her students get from having their hard work and dedication pay off is opening up more and more avenues for them in the future.

"I can't set the bar high enough, however high I set it they just fly over it," said Rose.

And for this class of high tech third graders, the best part was the community support.

"It was amazing to see everybody support us and that was really exciting and we just want to say thank you to everybody,” said Rose.

The technology software and equipment won’t just be for her class though, E-Instruction says it will benefit the whole school and all the kids will get to use it. And they hope to have it all up and running when the students get back from the winter break.


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