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In our Schools - Avery County students get some major Air

Early in the school year it was announced that students and teachers at one Avery County elementary school were all getting iPads for education use. That program was soon expanded, and now comes similar news for the county's lone high school. Last week, all students and teachers at Avery County High School were invited to pickup a brand new Mac Book Air computer.

Eventually they'll also be offered in the middle schools.

apple macbook air in Avery CountyIt all began back in August when students at Banner Elk Elementary were each assigned an I-Pad for the school year. The money for the experiment was available when the new school was built under budget.

The program worked so well it was expanded with I-Pads at other elementary schools and now the Mac Books for middle and High School Students.

Superintendant David Burleson said it will give Avery County School Students an edge when it comes to competing in the real world with students educated elsewhere.

"It will also attract the attention of business and Industry," he said.

Burleson and others hope companies will see what is happening in Avery County and possibly consider moving their and bringing in new jobs.

"They will see that by the time our students get out of the school they already have the skills for the 21st century."

High Country education - thinking different!