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All Newport High School Students to Receive MacBook Computers

Every student at Newport High School will receive a MacBook laptop computer on Monday.

A $500,000 federal School Improvement Grant was awarded to Newport Independent Schools by the Kentucky Department of Education, and was first announced last December.

Beginning Monday at 7:45 a.m., high school students will receive their MacBooks in the main hallways of the high school. Students in grades 7 and 8 will receive new iPads on Tuesday.

"This is tremendous for our entire student body and staff at Newport High School," said Superintendent Kelly Middleton, "but especially for our low-income students, whose families can't afford a computer. This brings an entire world of learning to their fingertips."

Middleton said that the grant relates to the mission statement of the district and high school – “preparing students for the future” – and the district’s vision statement that “every child will be proficient and prepared for life, work and citizenship in the 21st Century.”

“We currently have iPads for all students in grades 7 through 12 and five for each classroom at Newport Primary and Intermediate School,” Middleton said. “Thanks to this grant, we will now be able to offer iPads 1-1 for students in grades 3 through 8 and offer even more iPads to students in our primary school.”

-Staff report