12:00 p.m. – Thursday, March 25, 2020
Students and teachers at Rye Elementary School will soon experience the benefits of new interactive display boards from Promethean World. 

For the past ten years Promethean boards have been utilized in classrooms at Rye Elementary School to create a more interactive learning experience for students.  These interactive white boards are innovative, low maintenance, long-term investments that enhance learning with hands on technology and internet connectivity. Promethean boards allow teachers to access videos and images from the world wide web and easily display them for their class to view. The smart board technology also gives instructors flexibility to accommodate a variety of student needs. The newest boards even come equipped with cloud sharing technology, a game changer for remote learning.  

Unfortunately, the current boards at Rye Elementary are reaching the end of their life span. To make sure students and teachers continue to learn with technology, Principal Amber Balenseifen, made it a goal to raise funds to purchase nine new Promethean Boards to be used in classrooms.  

Technology is oubiggest instructional barrier in preparing our students for their future…Teachers are constantly working to keep students engaged by finding materials that are relevant to their life and ties in with their interests. Technology is one way we can accomplish this,” said Balenseifen.  

The new Promethean Boards are expected to be installed February of 2021Students will be excited to interact with the new technology as they go back to in person learning after learning virtually for most of the fall semester.  

Funding for this project was raised through a grant from the Foundation for Rural Services and through community support. San Isabel Electric and Basin Electric Power Cooperative are two contributors who each donated $2,000 for the technology upgrade.  

The cooperative has seven core values, and one is to prioritize education. We are grateful to have the opportunity to continue investing in our youth, and in our future.” Said Jacque Sikes, San Isabel Electric’s Board of Directors President.  

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As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving nearly 20,000 member-owners and 24,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.