ProGrowth Bank recently donated $1,154. to Sibley East Public Schools to support recent efforts to expand technology use by students and teachers. The donation was used to purchase two mini-iPads and related accessories. Both school
campuses, Arlington and Gaylord, have a mini-iPad available for elementary music teachers to use in their classroom. The teachers have transferred songs and other music-related materials from CDs to the iPads. As a result, teachers
can access any song with a simple click of a button, which has saved time and helped students learn more quickly about how music improves lives.
In addition, Sibley East has used the iPads to connect school musical performances
and the one-act play with elderly residents in Arlington and Gaylord. When a concert or play is held, the teacher uses the iPad to video record and stream live video of these events to the Oak Terrace Senior Housing Campus in Gaylord and
the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Arlington.
For over a century, ProGrowth Bank has looked for ways to connect people while also reinvesting in the Gaylord area. Sibley East has shared this mutual desire to build community
connections. Phil Keithahn, CEO of ProGrowth Bank, said “We are happy to partner with Sibley East to bring people closer together by using technology tools, such as the mini-iPad. Even though we knew that these iPads could help Sibley
East’s teachers, we are even more thrilled at the initiative the teachers have taken to use the technology to bring students and our valued elderly citizens together. We encourage other businesses, individuals, and community organizations
to reach out and partner with Sibley East.”