The Upper Arlington High School Parent Teacher Organization recently donated $11,000 in technology equipment and software to the school.

The Upper Arlington High School Parent Teacher Organization recently donated $11,000 in technology equipment and software to the school.

The PTO raised the money by holding a "Celebearity Wait Night" March 2 at Moretti's of Arlington restaurant. The name of the event is a reference to Upper Arlington's Golden Bears mascot.

Celebrity waiters who participated in the event included Upper Arlington City Schools superintendent Jeffrey Weaver, UAHS principal Kip Greenhill, Tim Huffman of Huffman's Market, and former Buckeye football player Vlade Janakievski.

"It went over very well. It was very well-received," said event organizer Patti Mikac. "Everybody kept saying, 'We can't wait until next year.'"

During the event, PTO members demonstrated a SMART Board, one of the new technologies the organization donated to the high school.

"We actually had one there so people could see all the great things it could do," Mikac said.

The SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that displays digital images.

"We are pushing to get SMART Boards in each of the classrooms" at the high school, said Nancy Drees, another PTO member who was responsible for allotting the money generated at the fundraiser.

The PTO purchased four SMART Boards at a cost of about $2,800 each, Drees said.

"I think we'll have almost 15 classrooms with SMART Boards now," she said.

One of the PTO's goals was to help bring the high school's technology in line with other schools in the district, Drees said.

"We found that the high school was behind in technology, even in comparison to the elementary schools," she said. "We have two elementary schools, Tremont and Wickliffe, that are going to have full technology in every classroom starting next year. Knowing that the high school is behind, our objective was to give us a jump start and get those items into the classrooms."

In addition to the SMART Boards, the PTO also purchased Abobe software for the art department's computer lab.

"We are also funding a Nova NET program of $4,500," Drees said. "It is a software program for the credit recovery program for at-risk students."

The PTO also funded a subscription to Dismal Scientist, a program supplied by Moody's financial service that provides real-time monitoring of the world's economies.

"We're talking about financial literary, and it's good to keep the kids updated not only the economic structure of the country, but also the fundamentals of basic budgeting," Drees said. "That's by going to be required by the Ohio Education Department in 2014."

The PTO's donation will help augment the capital improvement funds that voters approved as part of the levy last fall, said board of education member Gloria Heydlauff, who was one of the waiters at the Celebearity Wait Night.

"We're doing a lot of things because of the levy… and (the donation) will be extremely helpful," Heydlauff said.

Based on the success of this year's event, the PTO event plans to present Celebearity Wait Night again next year.

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