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Walter Bickett Elementary gifted Wii lab from Tate Realtors
Thanks to the generosity of Allen Tate Realtors, Walter Bickett Elementary students have the opportunity to be not only smarter, but also a little healthier.
Funds donated to the school last year by Allen Tate helped purchase a Wii Lab, which was unveiled recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The lab consists of five stations, each containing a 26-inch flat-panel TV on a cart with locking cabinet. It also has the Wii gaming console and the Wii Fit Plus and Balance Board.
â€œAllen Tate Realtors have been community partners to Walter Bickett Elementary for many years,â€ said school principal Theresa Benson. â€œI am proud and honored to continue our partnership and friendship."
Allen Tateâ€™s contribution of more than $3,000 last year made the purchase of the Wii Lab possible, while the TVâ€™s were purchased with funds from the schoolâ€™s parent teacher association.
The monetary help comes from an annual event held each year by Allen Tate Realtors called a â€œFUNDay.â€ This is a fee-based event where Realtors and employees pay to play golf and other activities. All proceeds benefit public education.
The day also includes silent and live auctions to raise additional funds. More than 800 individuals historically participate in the annual event, usually held at The Point Lake and Golf Club on Lake Norman. This yearâ€™s contribution to the Walter Bickett Elementary School is $4,166.
The Wii labs supplement the schoolâ€™s Promethium boards, document cameras, data projectors, Wi-fi lab and iPod Rock Stars, which already serve students. These help students become globally aware and technology savvy, Benson said.
Another lab with an additional five stations is in the plans with money that was awarded to the school in a PEP (physical education program) grant.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Feb 04, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe