Danbury High School won $100,000 in November during the Celebrate My Drive campaign to promote safe driving. The students wanted to do things for the community and also use the money to enhance educational programming. Principal Gary Bocaccio says they set aside $10,000 for the safe driving initiative, required by the grant.
The committee of students, teachers, parents and administrators decided to order 36 Chrome books for the library, which will enable classes to sign them out. 10 tables with benches will be installed in the courtyard for the students to use at lunchtime.
About $10,000 is being donated to a program allowing teachers to apply for funding.
The students also want to order an electronic sign board to be placed in front of the school, similar to what New Fairfield and New Milford High Schools have. Bocaccio says it's not something the school would normally be able to afford because the cost is more than $25,000. They've applied to the City's Zoning Commission for a variance to install the sign.
Some seed money was put away for next year because they hope to win another $100,000 through the contest. That money will be used for advertising, events and banners. The Peer Leadership Group and DECA were reimbursed about $3,000 for what they spent on the contest this year.