St. Edmond Catholic School is one of six Iowa schools to benefit from an $18,000 grant given to the Diocese of Sioux City by the Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor.
The grant is for the purchase and installation of a communication network that allows parishes and schools throughout Northwest Iowa to participate in meetings, presentations and conferences by means of "virtual reality."
John Howard, St. Edmond High School principal, said the gift of the new technology is greatly appreciated.
"It will be a tremendous help," he said. "Not only for staff members to be able to attend meetings without going anywhere, but we're looking forward to using it educationally for our students.
Howard said school staff and administration are excited to have the new technology, which was installed in January, in the building and to "see how we can improve the educational opportunities for our students."
"Being a one-to-one school, we want to take advantage of these technological opportunities that are provided by outside entities like the Sunday Visitor and any other place we can get significant money to expand our technology," he said.
The school's new technology has been placed in the teachers lounge, Howard said.
"It was the best option we had, given the technological requirements," he said.
Though installed, the technology has not been used yet.
"Because of the setup and because some scheduling things, we have not been able to use it yet," Howard said. "But, we are looking forward to using it that first time and to continue using it long into the future."
While the Catholic school is used to receiving substantial gifts and bequeathments from local individuals and companies, this is the first time St. Edmond has benefited from a grant from the Diocese.
"This is the first time, that I know, we've been part of a diocesan grant to get technology into the schools," Howard said. "It's reflects how important the diocese and our assistant superintendent feel about getting the technology into the schools."