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Maryville students pick up laptops, iPads for school

(WBIR-Maryville) When school starts next month, every student attending Maryville City Schools will have a laptop or tablet to help them with their school work.

The school system is providing the devices, and started handing them out on Wednesday.

The technology is part of an initiative the district calls iREACH. The goal is to move the district from paper-based learning to digital learning.

It's one of the only districts in the country where very student in the district will have access to an electronic device this year.

Students in Kindergarten through 4th grade will have iPads. Older kids willl have laptops.

Maryville's director of schools says this program will give students resources they'll need in the future.

"We recognize that the college and workforce environment, this is what it looks like. We need to make our school environment look like that, have it be a technology rich environment, have ready access to technology and be ready to do those things that they're gonna do when they get out in the real world," said Mike Winstead, Director of Maryville City Schools.

The district is working with other groups to add wi-fi hotspots around the community. That way, kids can get internet access at home or near their homes.


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