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Puerto Rican officials visit Mattson Middle School

The Puerto Rican delegation with Mattson staff –DeWayne Lindh, Sara Bentley, Glenn Harmaning and Riana Ork. - Courtesy photo
The Puerto Rican delegation with Mattson staff –DeWayne Lindh, Sara Bentley, Glenn Harmaning and Riana Ork.
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Mattson Middle School hosted 18 civic officials from Puerto Rico on January 23.

The visitors came to Mattson to see how teachers utilize technology in the classroom. They visited and interacted with students and staff, and they learned how the District’s “1:1 laptop program” impacts student achievement. 1:1 is the program that allows each student to have his or her own school-issued laptop in grades 7-12. The Puerto Rican visitors learned about the logistics of the program for a district the size of Kent.

“These visits give me an incredible opportunity to share with students that they have an educational advantage that most students (locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally) don’t have,” said DeWayne Lindh, administrative intern and mentor-teacher. “I then encourage my students to act with stewardship and citizenship to make the most of our 1:1 opportunity.”

“The efforts we put into making sure our students are successful as global citizens are recognized around the world,” said Superintendent Edward Lee Vargas. “It’s a privilege to share our efforts with international peers who have the same high hopes for their students.”

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