In August, Higher Achievement applied to the Pittsburgh Foundation’s 2017 Wish Book, a book that contains wishes of $2,500 or less from nonprofit organizations in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. The wishes are tangible needs that will enhance the quality of service the organizations are able to provide. Although many apply, only 75 nonprofits are selected to have their wishes entered into the Wish Book. The book is then sent to over 1,000 donors, and those donors can then fulfill the “wishes” of the organizations in the book.
Higher Achievement requested tablets for scholars to utilize during our program. With access to tablets, our scholars would be able to provide an enhanced learning experience – through the use of technology – that would improve the quality of programming for scholars during Summer and Afterschool Academy. Higher Achievement programs are not always housed in facilitates where access to computers is readily available. The richness of our program is significantly reduced when we lack access to technology. By securing tablets scholars would have access to technology, an essential resource, regardless of the program’s location.
In November, Higher Achievement was notified that our wish had been granted! We were able to purchase 30 Amazon Fire Tablets with expandable memory to use at our achievement centers. Our scholars will now be able to access books, learning apps, and other essential web-based programs, which will help to increase literacy and multi-channel learning through the use of technology. We are extremely grateful to the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Betty & John I. Moraca Family Fund for making our wish come true!
Stay tuned to our Facebook page to see more pictures of our scholars utilizing their tablets!