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From left are Erica Calise and Mark Marusic of SHARP Co., Coleman School Superintendent Brian Walters and SHARP president Doug Albregts.

Coleman School Recipient Of $100,000 SHARP Award

A pep-rally style reception greeted representatives from Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America as they arrived to present the Coleman School District with an award valued at $100,000 for technology equipment for use in the district. The award, the only one given in the United States, was presented on the occasion of Sharp’s Centennial Anniversary. Coincidentally, the Coleman School District is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Coleman was one of 587 K-12 schools that submitted applications for the award. According to Sharp president Doug Albregts, applications came from 47 different states.

Albregts went on to say that the video included with the submission captured our hearts. The video application from Coleman can be viewed from the District’s website.

Albregts was accompanied by Mark Marusic and Erica Calise of Sharp’s marketing department, who met with the school district officials following the presentation to discuss and select the Sharp equipment that will be sent to Coleman. Once it arrives, Sharp will return to do some training in its use as well as to make sure the equipment is functioning as it should be.

In late 2012, Coleman School Superintendent Brian Walters and the School Board discussed the fact that the district was falling way behind in technology, both for the teachers and for the students. Plans were put in place at the time to move more into use of I-Pads, but tight budgets were a hindrance to doing more.

In the meantime, Walters became aware of the promotion program offered by Sharp and decided to enter. He would not say where the genesis of the video came from, but it looks like it tipped the scales in Coleman’s favor.

Walters said he was very pleased and excited that the district was chosen as the beneficiary of this anniversary promotion. He said the products would propel the district at least two years ahead of schedule in their technology plan.

In addition to the $100,000 worth of equipment the district will receive, each student was awarded a new calculator following the presentation. A basic calculator was given to students in Grades K to 4 and students in Grades 5 to 12 received Sharp’s WriteView scientific calculator.


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