The Fairhaven High School Alumni Association donated $21,500 toward the purchase of Google Chromebooks for Fairhaven High School incoming freshmen at a School Committee meeting, 6/12/19. The donation represents 50% of the funds needed to purchase devices for the incoming freshman class.
Robert Foster, President of The Alumni Association presented the check at the meeting, stating that, “The funds were raised from our annual Light a Light Drive. All of the money we raise from that drive goes right back into the schools. We’re glad to do it each year.”
He also noted that since 2008, the FHS Alumni Association has donated almost $200,000 in specific grants including teacher mini grants, technology computer labs, and even purchasing iPads for teachers.
Foster and the Alumni Association have been working with the Fairhaven Public Schools Technology Department for two years on the Google Chromebook initiative.
“The Fairhaven Public School District is extremely fortunate to have the support of such a wonderful organization. The FHS 1:1 initiative has been a goal of our district for years. The FHS Alumni Association was able to make our dream become a reality,” said Nicole Potter, Director of Technology and Finance for Fairhaven Public Schools.
The kind donation from the Alumni Association has given the high school an opportunity to fulfill its goal of providing each student with a Google Chromebook.
The members of the School Committee expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the Association’s continued support to the schools, as this was not the first major contribution this year.
Earlier this year, the Alumni Association installed a digital kiosk in the gymnasium lobby at the high school that serves as a way to digitally display Hall of Fame inductees, current school news and happenings, archives, student art work and more.
School Committee Vice Chairperson, Pam Kuechler com-mended Foster on his work with the community and schools, “It’s really remarkable how vibrant the Alumni Association is, and it’s a real testament to the leadership and commitment that the alumni have to this school. We appreciate so much how committed our alumni are and it gives a tremendous example for our students about giving back to where you came from, and I think we are so very fortunate to reap the benefits of that commitment.”
Assistant Superintendent and former FHS principal, Tara Kohler, also thanked Foster and the Association for its commitment to Fairhaven Public Schools and its support to provide Fairhaven students with state-of-the-art technology and opportunities.
Kohler recognized Foster for his support and reminded him just how integral the Alumni Association is to the District.
“You in this organization truly shaped the shift that was able to happen at FHS, I can say that 100% … each year it was something that gave the high school an opportunity to grow and try new things that we wouldn’t have been able to do without you.”
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