Friends of Manual Donates $18,000 to Help Upgrade Technology at Manual High School

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The donation will help provide each Manual High School student with access to a tablet during the school day.

Friends of Manual High School, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting Denver’s Manual High School, recently donated $18,000 to the school to help upgrade classroom and student technology.

A portion of the donated dollars will go toward the installation of 15 Prometheus boards, interactive whiteboards that give students the ability to interact and collaborate in real time with lesson information.

The donation also supported the purchase of 35 Chromebook tablets. The tablets, now on order, will it possible to fulfill Principal Nick Dawkins' commitment to provide each Manual student with access to a tablet during the school day.

“Technology has been proven to accelerate student learning. Additionally, bringing technology into the day-to-day learning process also helps break down the digital divide, " Dawkins said. "Many of our students do not have easy access to computers at home, so it’s even more critical that we give them the opportunity to learn how to use them in the classroom. These dollars will help us level that playing field.”

“This donation is possible thanks to the ongoing support and generosity of Manual alumni, community members, and local businesses,” said Lainie Hodges, chairman of Friends of Manual. “Our organization is firmly behind Manual’s new administration and teaching team, and we’re committed to doing everything possible to support the success of Manual students throughout the school year.”

About Friends of Manual High School

Founded in 2005, Friends of Manual High School is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the academic achievement and overall high school experience of Manual High School students.

The organization seeks to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders – alumni, neighbors, elected officials, and local businesses – to reclaim the legacy of constructive activism and pride long associated with Manual High School.

For more information, visit or email FOM(at)friendsofmanual(dot)org.

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