MRA Receives Grant to Improve Student Access to Technology

Mount Royal Academy is pleased to announce the Westerman Foundation recently awarded a $4,200 grant to upgrade the computer lab. The mission of the Westerman Foundation is “to provide financial support to educational institutions with emphasis on Catholic education; Christian based organizations, which promote family unity and values.”

The high school is currently equipped with a computer lab, primarily used for the junior high and high school engineering classes. This grant will be used to create a mobile computer lab, featuring a charging cart, 12 Chromebooks, and 2 new digital projectors.

“On behalf of the students, I would first like to express how grateful we are to the Westerman Foundation,” remarked Headmaster Derek Tremblay. “I will also say that every gift comes with a challenge. How do we maximize the gift? The challenge for educators today is helping young people use technology for the good, and not merely for excessive consumption of distracting entertainment, or even worse, as a weapon. Our goal is to show students that technology is only good to the extent that the full dignity of the human person is honored and enriched.”

The Chromebooks can also be used to help students connect to online learning platforms, including VLACS and the Running Start Program. The college preparatory high school is eager to celebrate the largest graduating class in its history.