Catholic schools add laptop computers

A capital campaign is funding technological upgrades at the two schools.

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WALLA WALLA - Assumption Catholic School recently acquired 40 laptop computers to create a mobile computer lab to be used by students, while DeSales Catholic High School students received 20 laptops for their computer lab.

The computers were secured as part of a call by Walla Walla Catholic Schools to make technological upgrades at its two schools through its capital campaign. The group has nearly reached the $2 million goal of its campaign, with about $1.85 million secured to date.

The laptops will be used to help students develop grade-level skills in technology, while also teaching online research skills. The additional computers are to be used so students have equal access to equipment when preparing assignments.

Other technological upgrades for the organization include establishing an electronic notification system for parents and staff with regular updates, and an expansion of online grade and records keeping at Assumption. Online grade systems allow parents to regularly check their child's academic progress online.

Many printed handbooks, forms and calendars will also soon be available online. And videos are being developed with information on the Catholic Schools system that can be accessed with smartphones by scanning QR codes. The codes will be rolled out through the year in member literature, at schools, and will be featured in the Education Pavilion of the Walla Walla County Fair.

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