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Donation will help Forsyth school districts technology effort
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Jim and Peggie Morrow presented a check to the school system to help with technology. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

FORSYTH COUNTY — This is going to buy a lot of devices.

On Thursday, representatives from the Bring Your Own Technology, or BYOT, Foundation gave the Forsyth County school system more than $50,000 to help children with technology.

Jim and Peggie Morrow presented a check for about $50,100, which was raised through donations, drawings, a golf tournament and other drives.

“We did a BYOT week at LanierWorld,” Jim Morrow said. “If you brought a device, you could get in free the first week of June. We collected somewhere north of 150 devices. Some of the devices looked like an old remote control, but most were actually smart devices.

“Our BYOT raffle was held in the spring. We raised just over $17,000, and every penny stayed in the school where the ticket was sold,” he said. “Liberty Middle School raised $3,600, and because of that was given a touchscreen monitor.”

Since the recent announcement by the school system that students will be required to do school work from home on inclement weather days, mobile devices and Wi-Fi hotspots have become even more important. The “no snow day” policy takes effect with the 2015-16 school year.

After the information is wiped clean from devices, they expect about 100 of them will end up in the hands of students.

This year’s donation was up from last year’s $30,000, and the foundation hopes to also provide 120 homes with smart spots.