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Next Generation of Classroom Technology Comes to McKinley

March 2, 2012

Technology Open House highlights state-of-the-art equipment provided by U.S. Silica

(OTTAWA) – McKinley Elementary teachers will demonstrate state-of-the-art classroom technology donated by U.S. Silica at a Technology Open House on Tuesday Feb. 28 at 8 a.m. at the school, 1320 State Street in Ottawa. The Open House will include a breakfast and a tour of the classrooms equipped with the new and interactive technology.

The donation, valued at $8,000, includes three sets of LCD projectors and other cutting-edge equipment that allows for more interactive and engaging lessons and classroom activities. Teachers will demonstrate MimioTeach, which transforms whiteboards into interactive smart boards, as well as MimioView Camera, whose capabilities allow multi-dimensional images to be projected on-screen.

“The equipment will provide countless opportunities for interactive, engaging and enhanced instruction,” said McKinley Elementary Principal Julie Prendergast. “U.S. Silica has truly been a community partner, and we are grateful for the support they have given us and our students.”

In addition, the U.S. Silica donated media carts that teachers can use to transport the equipment from one classroom to the next.

This isn’t the first time U.S. Silica has partnered with McKinley Elementary. Last year, U.S. Silica representatives visited classrooms and read to students as part of the school’s Celebrity Reading Week. The partnership with the school is just one part of the company’s commitment to supporting the Ottawa and LaSalle County communities. In addition to creating nearly 50 new jobs at its facility in the last year, the company provided the funds necessary for the  Ottawa YMCA to replace its signage and be in line with the national organization’s new logo. U.S. Silica also recently helped Lincoln Elementary School replace its playground equipment through a donation.

“We think it is critical to support the communities we call home,” said Jon Sheridan. “We are more than a business; our plant and our employees help to make up the Ottawa community, and we are committed to doing our part to make sure it remains a good place to live and work.



U.S. Silica is a leading industrial silica company in the country. The company mines and processes ground and unground silica sand for glass production and fiberglass applications; aluminum, steel and iron mold and core making; pool, residential, and municipal filtration; recreational sands; hydraulic fracturing sands for oil and gas well stimulation and ground silica for fillers in plastics, rubber, grout, mortar, paint and polishes and so much more. The company has 13 locations throughout the country and produces more than 200 unique products.


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