Gehlen Catholic Schools recognizes benefactors for technology investment

Saturday, February 2, 2019
(Photo Contributed) Gehlen Catholic Preschool-6th grade Principal Lorie Nussbaum along with Gehlen Catholic’s Technology Director Lori Schuch, far right, thanked Brad and Angie (absent) Jochum, Angie Erdmann with Premier Communications and the Le Mars Main Street for their gifts to Gehlen Catholic’s Technology Department.

LE MARS — On Thursday, Jan. 31, during a make-up basketball game between Gehlen Catholic and Trinity Christian, Gehlen Catholic recognized several generous benefactors for their gifts to the technology department.

First, Angie Erdmann and Premier Communications Foundation were applauded for their annual support of $2,000 for technology. Erdmann stated, “Premier Communications Foundation is very supportive of all of the communities we are in, in particular to all the schools Premier Communications provides service too.”

Gehlen Catholic parents, Brad and Angie Jochum made a generous “Christmas gift” to the school for the elementary students’ use.

Right before Christmas, the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce’s Main Street presented a check to Gehlen Catholic from their annual “Shop. Save. Give.” Promotion in November and December.

Technology Director Lori Schuch, stated, “Chromebooks have no hard drive, which allows them to start up faster, connect to the Wi-Fi and get moving. Students easily create documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoints, etcetra in the Cloud. Students and teachers alike access their assignments and projects from any computer. The newer Chromebooks have some of the same functionality of tables and iPads with touch screen computing capabilities. Chromebooks are more affordable than laptops.”

Prior to these gifts, Schuch reported Gehlen Catholic had approximately 140 Chromebooks. Gehlen Catholic needed to replace 50 and purchase an additional 50 to meet the current economic demands.

“Thanks to these individuals and organizations, Gehlen Catholic was able to upgrade the Chromebook cart used by the junior high and high school students, purchase a charging station for third grade and purchase Chromebooks for both third grade and kindergarten.”

Schuch invites the community to join Premier Communications, the Jochums and Le Mars Chamber in making a donation to Gehlen Catholic’s Technology Department to fulfill the remaining needs for the current and subsequent school years.

Schuch concluded, “Gehlen Catholic is committed to providing students the academic, technical, and life skills essential in today’s global society to ensure our graduates are college and career ready.”

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