PLAQUEMINE - The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana's Children is proud to announce the award of interactive technology to Iberville Elementary School.

The Foundation, with charter partner, The Dow Chemical Company, awarded five interactive whiteboard systems to Iberville Elementary School.

The award package includes the following for each classroom: a laptop, a Promethean interactive whiteboard with speaker system, an interactive response system that will allow students to actively participate in the lesson, all installation, and instructor training for all teachers.

The grant was written by Iberville Elementary literacy teacher Heddi Carville for use in Early Learning Center first-grade classrooms. Teachers who received the computer boards are Jessica Cicero, Tamika Stevenson, Auntess Lee, Laura Darling and Katie Kekich. There are 98 students in the first-grade classes who will have access to the new technology.

To date, the Foundation has awarded interactive whiteboard systems to over 320 classrooms across Louisiana.

"Interactive whiteboards are something we are beginning to see transform education across the country," Jindal said. "A study recently released shows a 17-29 percentile gain in academic achievement in classrooms with such systems versus classrooms without. The Foundation is extremely proud to partner with The Dow Chemical Company, who helped to make this award to Iberville Elementary School possible. With hard work, we

have the opportunity to make a lasting and positive difference in education."

The Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, seeks to aid Louisiana's children in all aspects of education, with special

emphasis on mathematics and the sciences, while also giving teachers new tools that will foster an innovative and enriching

learning environment.

"The Dow Chemical Company is again honored to partner with Mrs. Jindal's foundation," said Stacey Chiasson, public affairs leader for Louisiana. "Through the installation of interactive

whiteboard technology we hope to enhance the learning environment within the classroom."

The Dow Chemical Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the

world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture.

Interactive whiteboards are unique tools teachers say have truly transformed the way they teach. They are sort of like interactive

chalkboards - not only can an educator write on them, but he/she can also watch videos, support complex presentations and do any

other number of tasks.