St. Agnes School, parishioner, are winners

Vermillion Hy-Vee store director Steve Parker, second from left, presents a Macbook laptop computer to St. Agnes kindergarten teacher Kathy Crowley. Moments earlier, Parker and staff from the local Hy-Vee carried in a new SMART Board to present to the students during a special ceremony during a in the school gymnasium. (Photo by David Lias)

St. Agnes Elementary is now the proud owner of a new SMART Board interactive whiteboard, thanks to a Smiles for Education competition sponsored by Hy-Vee.

More than 200 schools throughout the Midwest received the innovative technology tools this year through Hy-Vees SMART Points promotion, which ran from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30.

During the promotional period, shoppers who purchased Procter & Gamble and Sara Lee products at Hy-Vee earned points that could be designated to the schools of their choice. St. Agnes received the highest average points score in its region to earn the $1,500 SMART Board. In addition, a St. Agnes parishioner, Dr. Gera Jacobs, won a Macbook computer for collecting the most amount of smart points on their behalf.

Dr. Jacobs donated the Macbook to St. Agnes Elementary, and it was presented to kindergarten teacher Kathy Crowley during a special ceremony Tuesday morning before students in the St. Agnes Elementary gymnasium.

Earlier in the morning, Steve Parker, director of the Vermillion Hy-Vee, and several members of the local Hy-Vee staff presented the SMART Board to St. Agnes Principal Darla Hamm before a gathering of young students in the school gym.

When schools and businesses are able to work together to provide learning opportunities for students, everyone in the community wins, Parker said. We want to thank two of our great supplier partners, Procter & Gamble and Sara Lee, and all of our customers for making this donation possible.

Tuesdays ceremony was a gratifying experience for Parker.

We cant be more proud of the Smiles for Education program, he said. Weve graciously given this SMART Board to the school this morning, and weve been graciously greeted by everyone here as the school officials and students accept this.

The look on the kids faces was wonderful, he added. It has given us all a very worthwhile feeling to be able to present this technology to the students.

Hy-Vees Smiles for Education program, launched in 2005 as part of the companys 75th anniversary celebration, has proven to be one of Hy-Vees most popular community outreach efforts. Now in its sixth year, the program has awarded more than $3 million worth of SMART Boards, computers and cash prizes to hundreds of schools throughout Hy-Vees eight-state operating area.

Smiles for Education is a fun way for Hy-Vee and our customers to provide a boost to local schools, said Jon Wendel, senior vice president of marketing for Hy-Vee, Inc. Having the latest technology available in the classroom helps teachers create a more stimulating learning environment for their students.

The Smart Board interactive whiteboard functions as an oversized touch-sensitive computer display. Using a special pen, a finger or virtually any object, users can control computer applications, write notes, pull up charts and images, erase or rearrange objects on screen, search the Internet, play videos and save work.

The board comes with a special SMART Notebook software that enables users to create customized lessons, presentations and learning activities and save them for future use.

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