Tribe’s grant provides laptops for Lighthouse School – Coos Bay World



NORTH BEND – At one side of the room, Orlando Chaney uses a laptop to learn the parts of a microscope. In a far corner, Lila Keating bends over a keyboard, outlining her report on the history of calligraphy. Lillian Collins taps out an original fantasy story nearby.

Seventh-graders at The Lighthouse School use computers to enrich their education in countless ways, but next year’s seventh-graders will enjoy even broader opportunities. The school will have a laptop available for every seventh-grader, courtesy of a $7,000 grant from the Coquille Indian Tribe.

“The Coquille Tribal Community Fund is passionate about supporting our local schools and youth,” said Community Fund assistant Jackie Chambers. “With this grant, Lighthouse School is able to supply more students the necessary computers to succeed in the classroom, which is amazing to see.”

The new computers will arrive at an already exciting time for Lighthouse’s students and faculty. For the first time, Lighthouse will start the year in its own building – with its own gym, its own cafeteria, and a classroom for every teacher.

“For the first time, we’ll be able to reach our full potential,” said director Wade Lester. “I’m really excited about that.”

Lighthouse, a public charter school, has been part of the North Bend School District since 2001. Initially lodged inside North Bay Elementary School, it moved to North Bend Middle School in 2014.

But space is scarce in North Bend schools. So next fall, Lighthouse will change districts, moving to Coos Bay’s now-vacant Bunker Hill School.

At Bunker Hill, Lighthouse will have a covered play area for rainy-day recess. The Spanish teacher no longer will push a cart from classroom to classroom. The school can re-establish its garden.

New laptops will be icing on the cake.

Lighthouse already has 25 laptops for its eighth-grade students. But the seventh-graders make do with just 12. The $7,000 grant from the Coquille Tribal Community Fund will supply 25 laptops for the seventh grade. The 12 older machines will be used to help younger kids learn keyboarding and other basic skills.


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