A Holiday Surprise for Timnath Elementary!

December 22, 2014

On December 15th a group of elves from the OtterCares Foundation surprised the principal at Timnath Elementary by delivering 25 brand new iPads for the school. OtterCares Executive Director Gary Rogers and Coordinator Adam Molzer set up a meeting with Principal Lori Sander to learn more about their STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) programs. Little did she know that just 10 minutes into that meeting, a group from the OtterCares Foundation would interrupt to deliver a Christmas surprise!

017The donation of these 25 iPads is made possible through OtterCares’ annual “Not-So-Ordinary Ornament” holiday campaign. The campaign raises funds to support innovative education by offering limited edition Christmas ornaments to Otter Products and Blue Ocean Enterprises employees.  The proceeds from these ornaments are used to provide iPads for a chosen school and this year’s school, Timnath Elementary, is a wonderful recipient. As a STEM school with a focus on the creative inquiry process, they exemplify the OtterCares Foundation mission and vision and we look forward to seeing how they utilize these iPads to achieve their educational goals.

Principal Lori Sander noted that “As a small school, most of our budget goes to staffing soNot-So-Ordinary Ornament we rely on the PTO for other expenses like paper for the copy machines. We’ve talked about iPads but the cost is exorbitant so there’s no way we could have funded these on our own. I’m floored and so excited to put them to good use!”

Read more about this year’s ornament at www.ottercares.org/ornament and check back later this year for more stories about how Timnath Elementary is using these iPads to advance innovative education in their classrooms!