Making A Difference: Olentangy Orange High School

Making A Difference: Olentangy Orange High School (Image 1)

NBC4 is committed to making a difference in school classrooms in Central Ohio. That’s why NBC4 is giving away $30,000 to schools in need with the NBC4 Make A Difference School Grant.

The grants are divided into three size divisions, and one of the finalists in the large school division, as voted on and chosen by a panel of judges, is Olentangy Orange High School.

Mr. McDermott, Ms. Simpson and Ms. Repko are intervention specialists at Olentangy Orange, and eight to 13 students with learning disabilities come through their doors each period.

Terry, Ingrid and Laurie work hard with eager students on reading comprehension, math, history, and science, but there are challenges.

There are some computers available, but quantities are limited.

“We have four carts for the building, so we have to share them with 1,600 students,” said Karen Sedoti, assistant principal.

Many of the laptops are as old as the school that opened in 2008.

“We were using computers and none worked. I checked 10 and found one,” said Jack Constantino, a sophomore.

On average, the classes of 10 or 12 students share four workable laptop computers.

“It’s a race to your computer if you can get it. If a student wants to work on something that you’re not working on, it’s harder to work on it with him because that’s not what you are focused on,” said Caitlyn Niemela, a sophomore.

Not every student in the district has a personal laptop or iPad they can bring to school.

The $10,000 NBC4 Make A Difference School Grant could change that for a large percentage of the 120 students that visit the intervention study center.

“Receiving the grant would allow us to dedicate laptops as well as iPads to put one in the hands of every student. That would be a tremendous asset to our school,” Sedoti said.

We will announce the winners in the large size division next Thursday on NBC4 at 6 a.m.

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