Webster Parish elementary school computer lab to get upgrade with Claiborne Electric Coop

Ana Fleming


The computer lab at Central Elementary School in Dubberly is getting a facelift. The classroom will soon have new computers for students.

First-grade teacher Ana Fleming saw the need for new computers, so she applied for a grant from Claiborne Electric Cooperative. Fleming was shocked when the electric co-op responded with a $10,000 grant for the project.

“The computer lab will have all-new updated technology, including a class set of the latest available Chromebooks with charging stations,” said Fleming.

She opted for Chromebooks because Central students will be required to take LEAP and other tests on Chromebooks as they move into the higher grades. Fleming sees this early introduction to the devices as a chance for students to become more comfortable with navigating the computers. 

The grant is part of Claiborne Electric’s Operation Round-Up®. 

“Operation Round-Up is funded by our members who have the option to round their bill up to the next whole dollar,” said Claiborne Electric Cooperative Director of Communications EmmaLee Tingle. “They basically allow us to keep the change. One hundred percent of those funds are reallocated to the communities we serve.”

A trust board reviews each grant request and decides whether to fund the request. The educational value of this request was important to the board. That is why they approved the maximum grant amount of $10,000 for the elementary school. This is the largest grant ever received by Central Elementary.

Current computer lab at Central Elementary School.


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