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Civic donates money for calculators

September 4, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Scientific calculators are a necessity these days for those attending high school, but at nearly $100 a pop, many families are unable to afford them for their kids.

However, the school has been trying to do something about that. On Tuesday, the North Fort Myers Civic Association did something about it as well.

The civic association presented the school with a check for $1,000 toward the purchase of scientific calculators with money raised from its recent Drag Queen Bingo event at Victory Lane.

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The North Fort Myers Civic Association hands over a $1,000 check last week to help the school purchase scientific calculators for those less fortunate.

CHUCK BALLARO

The award was made at the beginning of the School Advisory Council meeting Tuesday to assistant principal Doug McKeever. A separate $200 donation was made on behalf of Benches for Our Babes, which held its own fundraiser in support of the cause.

The idea came from Patrick Crissy last year after he noted the math classes students take require a scientific calculator and are the only thing a student may use during test taking, if they can afford one.

Many families do not have the extra $100 or so needed to buy scientific calculators, which are a necessity and are not provided in the Chromebooks students carry with them, which only have a basic calculator.

Crissy's idea was to have a donation box placed at school so that people can drop off their calculators. What has happened is that people have been donating money so brand-new calculators can be purchased. Of course, the donation of older ones is also appreciated.

"We've been very fortunate because we are close to having about $2,600 worth to go out and buy better calculators so kids can sign them out and take them home," McKeever said, adding that one parents decided to buy 20 calculators for the school when they were on special during tax break time.

Doug Dailey, president of the civic association, said it is among the largest donations given by any organization for this initiative.

"This is the fun part of the job. We're able to do a fund-raising event and come back to an organization in need," Dailey said. "These are our kids and this is our town. To be able to give back is an incredible feeling."

 
 

 

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