Mayor to speak at Kannapolis Education Foundation event

Annual Kannapolis Education Foundation event supports KCS
Posted on 04/17/2015
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The Kannapolis Education Foundation raised more than $15,000 at the fourth annual TECH Breakfast on April 17th. TECH stands for Teach Every Child How. The theme of the breakfast was “Perfect Fit.”  The event focused on health and wellness and how technology is a perfect fit for supporting student achievement and the fitness and future success of students. 

The TECH Campaign Breakfast raised money for the Kannapolis Education Foundation. The money will be donated to Kannapolis City Schools to buy iPads for classrooms throughout the district.  

The April 17th event showcased how iPads are a perfect fit for students in the classroom and for promoting health and fitness throughout the community. Representatives from the North Carolina Research Campus, CMC-NorthEast, Kannapolis City Schools, and the City of Kannapolis were part of the program, and Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant was a featured speaker.

During the event, students and staff from Kannapolis City Schools demonstrated how iPads are being used in the classroom to teach students about health and help improve their overall fitness. In addition, representatives from the North Carolina Research Campus and CMC-NorthEast showed how iPads are essential to their work and explained why it is crucial that today’s students have access to iPads in school.

During the breakfast the Kannapolis Education Foundation honored Cannon Pharmacy by presenting it with the Friend of Education Award. Cannon Pharmacy was recognized for its commitment to health and wellness in the community and its ongoing support of the Kannapolis Education Foundation.

The Kannapolis Education Foundation launched the TECH Campaign in 2012 in order to provide classroom iPads for Kannapolis City Schools. Through the end of 2014, it had raised $125,000 for iPads and donated the money to Kannapolis City Schools. The gifts from the Kannapolis Education Foundation have provided hundreds of iPads and related technology to Kannapolis City Schools. However, with more than 5,500 students in Kannapolis City Schools, there is still a need for more iPads in KCS classrooms.

Research shows that iPads produce remarkable gains in student achievement. Studies with regular education students have shown that math achievement skyrockets 30% for children who use iPads as a learning tool. In addition, research with special needs children has shown reading comprehension increases by 22% when the students use iPads instead of traditional books. Other studies have shown that iPads increase the independence of special needs students by 52% and improve their behavior, accuracy and motivation by an average of 45%. 

“iPads are such a valuable learning tool, and we are so grateful for the support we have received for our TECH Campaign,” said Kannapolis Education Foundation Chairman, Joe Trull. “We are very excited to show how iPads support our students and promote good health. Healthy living and scientific research have become major parts of the City of Kannapolis, and the work we are doing in the Kannapolis Education Foundation is a perfect fit for our children and our community.”    

The Kannapolis Education Foundation was established in 1994 as an independent non-profit organization. Since it was founded, it has donated approximately $700,000 to Kannapolis City Schools. The KEF has provided advanced science equipment, computers, books, software, and other classroom materials to teachers and students in Kannapolis City Schools. Its contributions include biotechnology equipment for the A.L. Brown STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as well as computers, software, and library materials to all Kannapolis City Schools. 


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