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Sparks High School gets $50,000 donation for technology upgrades

SPARKS, Nev. -- The back to school pep rally at Sparks High School had a little extra excitement Friday. For the second year in a row, they received a $50,000 donation from the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks for technology upgrades.

The school has 13 70-inch monitors and tablets for teachers, thanks to a donation from the league last year. "When I came to this school last year, no classrooms had any of this technology," said Sparks High School Principal Kevin Carroll. "My goal is to outfit the entire school eventually, which we're hoping to do by the end of the school year."

Carroll is one big step closer to making that happen after another $50,000 donation. "It's huge. My general budget is just over a hundred thousand so they've actually given me half of that."

"Sparks High was picked at the time because they were a Title I unfunded high school, the only one in the district," said Pat Precissi, the Assistance League's Links to Learning program chair.

Precissi is touring Sparks High School to see the results of last year's donation and give them a check for this year. Carroll said this helps Sparks catch up to some of the higher-tech schools. "Teacher instruction has changed dramatically using that technology."