By Jodie Aakko — Brighton, Colorado … Brighton Adventist Academy was awarded $10,000 in technology grant funding from Versacare Foundation on March 6. In addition, Versacare awarded $1,410,000 in grants for Adventist primary and secondary schools across the United States and Canada in support of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math).
With this grant, Brighton Adventist Academy plans to order additional network equipment, Chromebooks, desktops, and a 3-D printer to serve their growing enrollment of students in grades Pre-kindergarten through ten.
Thanks to the funds provided by the Versacare grant, Brighton Adventist Academy’s updated and expanded technology department will bolster the school’s twenty-first century learning skills, including project-based learning and technology integration.
“Brighton Adventist Academy desired to improve and expand their digital technologies to assist learners in thinking critically, communicating, collaborating, and creating. “This grant will make a direct impact on our students,” commented Jodie Bell Aakko, Brighton Adventist Academy principal.
“Presently, our school stands strong on technology. For example, we were able to provide each BAA student with a Chromebook to use at home during this distance-learning time if the child did not have a computer at home already. Now, when our students return to campus in the fall, they will find exciting technology additions to our campus, and I am certain the 3-D printer will be the biggest hit!” she added.
Established in 1916, the school has 56 students enrolled in grades Pre-k through 10, presently studying in virtual classes. The Academy intentionally connects students with classroom learning, character development, and essential life skills in a Christian environment that delivers academic excellence valuing each individual as a creation of God gifted with unique talents for service to others.
—Jodie Aakko is principal and head teacher at Brighton Adventist Academy; photo by Jodie Aakko