McSwain receives donation for student laptops

The McSwain Education Foundation has donated $75,000 to the McSwain Union School District, with $60,000 going toward computers for students in sixth through eighth grades.

More than 300 Chromebooks are scheduled to be distributed to students after the winter holidays, said McSwain Principal Laurie Havel. Students currently have their own Google email accounts and are getting familiar with laptop capabilities.

The additional $15,000 will go toward field trips and possibly teacher grants.

The school district’s superintendent, Helio Brasil, said the laptops will help McSwain students be on par with students in other districts.

Brasil said McSwain is one of two school districts in Merced County that don’t receive supplemental grants through state funding that could be used to purchase technology tools for students. The district would not have been able to provide the Chromebooks without the foundation’s support, he said.

The McSwain Education Foundation was started 15 years ago with the purpose of raising money for programs that benefit students. The group sponsors a dinner-dance and auction, a Reading is Fun Week/Read-a-thon in February, and a golf tournament in June.