Savannah, GA - The 2013 South Atlantic League Champion Sand Gnats were fantastic to watch throughout last season. While their pitching was dominant from Opening Night through the League Championship, one offensive stat will pay dividends for school children in the Savannah area.
Thanks to a generous pledge from Thomas & Hutton and 116 doubles at Historic Grayson Stadium from the potent Gnats' lineup, Jacob G. Smith Elementary will receive a $2,900 technology grant. Thomas and Hutton will present the check to the school on the field at Historic Grayson Stadium just before the Sand Gnats game on Friday, May 16.
"This is a great partnership between Thomas & Hutton and the Sand Gnats," said Sand Gnats team president, John Katz. "Both of our organizations are passionate about education and we're excited to be able to help Jacob G. Smith Elementary expand their access to technology."
"Thomas & Hutton is excited about providing this grant to Jacob G. Smith Elementary for their use in expanding technology," stated Ben Jones with Thomas & Hutton. "Our partnership with the Sand Gnats provided us with a great opportunity to place technology directly into a classroom and to help our students prepare for a successful future."
J.G. Smith Elementary was named a "Title I Highest-Performing Reward School" in 2014 by the Georgia Department of Education and is ranked among the top five percent of Title I schools in Georgia, having the highest absolute performance over three years for the "All Students" group on the statewide assessments.
The grant will be used for the school to purchase Chromebooks, providing second grade students and their teachers the opportunity to utilize another technology resource that will enhance instructional practices in reading and math and help students prepare for testing such as the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Additionally, students will be more prepared for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) which begin in the third grade.
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