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PTA hoping to buy iPads for French Run students

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French Run Elementary School students Alydia Albanese-Speich (left) and Autumn King work with iPads in teacher Lori Noskowiak's first-grade class.

People with a yen for a "Raider" pizza this month could help the French Run Elementary School PTA purchase iPads for the school's classrooms.

The "Raider" is 21 inches of pizza goodness from Vick's Gourmet Pizza in Reynoldsburg, which is donating $1 for every Raider sold during January to the French Run Parent Teacher Association.

"We are looking to have at least 30 iPads to fill the cart we now have," PTA President Tess Kitsmiller said. "Right now, we have 10 iPads. The PTA is also planning to buy protective accessories for them."

She said the iPads cost $500 apiece.

"We just finished our winter fundraiser, as well as completed the Scholastic Book Fair, which was very successful," she said.

Kitsmiller said the winter fundraiser raised $2,700 and the book fair raised about $720.

"We have a great opportunity to move along with technology in our classrooms," she said. "We also have a great principal who wants to see these kids embrace the technology around them and use it to their advantage."

She said most of the newer schools in Reynoldsburg have their technology needs basically in place.

"French Run has been around for a while, so we are ready for some updates and to keep moving forward," she said. "We have great kids and families and I think everyone can agree that we just want these kids to have the same advantages as other schools and see them succeed."

Anyone interested in donating funds for technology upgrades at French Run may email Kitsmiller at or Principal Chris Hardy at

"Our school is excited to integrate technology into the education of our students," Hardy said "The iPads allow us to personalize the education for the students at French Run. There are seemingly unlimited applications, providing numerous opportunities for our kids."

Hardy said students will be able to practice math skills through interactive applications or "polish the finished product of a personal narrative about their lives."

"The technology allows students to create differentiated products to communicate their learning as we move toward performance-based tasks in education," he said. "This opportunity will help us to engage and excite students about learning in a meaningful way."