Clickstop Makes a Second Donation to Local School District for Purchase of Apple iPads

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E-commerce business donates $10,000 from its “Clickstop Cares” fund so more students in the Vinton-Shellsburg schools have access to the interactive learning tools.

Image of students working on iPads donated by Clickstop.

TIlford Elementary fourth grade students work on interactive reading lessons on one of the school's new iPads donated by Clickstop.

The donations from Clickstop have been an amazing gift for the district.

Urbana-based E-commerce retailer Clickstop has made a $10,000 donation to a local school district for the purchase of Apple iPads for classrooms. The Vinton-Shellsburg school district was able to purchase 22 of the electronic devices with the funds, allowing the second, third and fourth grades at Tilford Elementary to have three iPads per classroom. First grade classrooms now have four per room, while Kindergartners have five per room.

The donation marks the second time this year Clickstop has given money to the district for the purchase of iPads for Tilford Elementary. In February, the school was able to purchase 20 iPads for its Kindergarten through second grades thanks to a donation of $10,000 from the company’s “Clickstop Cares” fund.

“Clickstop Cares” is an internal program at the company that assists non-profit organizations through monetary donations and volunteer efforts. The company sets aside money in the fund to be used in the community, and employees can also elect to donate through payroll deductions. Clickstop employs more than 50 full- and part-time staff members at its Urbana headquarters. The company operates 13 websites including its flagship site, USCargoControl.com, which was developed when the company was founded in 2005 by Tim Guenther.

Jim Murray, Principal at Tilford Elementary said Clickstop’s donation has been the catalyst for the school district to move ahead with goals of adding the latest technology to the curriculum.

“The donations from Clickstop have been an amazing gift for the district,” said Murray. “Our dream was to have three to five iPads in each elementary classroom in five years, but now we’ll be able to meet that goal in just two years.” Murray said the school district was also able to add additional funds so iPads could be purchased for students at Shellsburg Elementary as well.

While the Kindergartners, first graders and second graders have had iPads in the classrooms since February, grades three and four are now able to reap the benefits of the various learning apps on the devices. A recent in-service day for the school district was a training session for teachers to learn the newest and most effective apps for the classroom. Murray says the training will be ongoing so the staff can stay up-to-date on the ever-changing technology.

“We’re putting an emphasis on training so teachers in all grades can stay current on the best ways to implement the iPads into their classrooms,” said Murray. “We’re bringing in iPad experts to our professional learning days so teachers can learn how to utilize the devices in all aspects of the school curriculum.”

The district teachers are not only excited about the hundreds of learning apps that are available for individual and small group learning, but also appreciate that the technology can be adapted to teach the entire class. Fourth grade teacher Shelley Heisman says that with the iPad, she can send the information wirelessly to the projector so all of the students in the class can see and participate. Becky Sturtz, fourth grade teacher, also enjoys the interactive aspect of the iPads in her classroom: “Students can use the iPad to test their fluency; they can record themselves reading and then play it back and evaluate themselves,” said Sturtz. “The iPads are really great learning and teaching tools; we’re grateful to have them in our classrooms.”

About Clickstop
Clickstop is the parent company of a suite of online retail stores based in Urbana, Iowa, focusing on offering relevant products, timely delivery, and excellent customer service. Its flagship site, USCargoControl.com specializes in moving supplies, ratchet straps, and other cargo control supplies. The company's additional web properties include EcoFoil.com, SpaceSavers.com, and Bellybling.net. For more information, visit http://www.Clickstop.com.

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