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Boardman High School buys iPads with Western Star lodge donation

“Students can see the whole process, a step at a time — definitely taking the old chalkboard method and making it more user friendly as we try to reach all of our students,” Michael Gerthung, math department chair, said.
Boardman High School math teachers
Boardman High School math teachers display their new iPads. Front row, from left: Thomas Zetts, Michael Popio, Jeana Carpenter, Justine Cullen and Kris Reash. Back row, from left: Michael Basista, John Pallini, Michael Gerthung and Andrew King. (Contributed photo)

BOARDMAN — Boardman High School recently purchased new iPads for every teacher in the math department with a $5,000 donation from the Boardman Western Star Masonic Lodge No. 21.

“These new iPads and the pens and attachments enable us to work through the problems with students who are in front of us in the classroom, as well as our remote students,” Michael Gerthung, math department chair, said in a news release. “Students can see the whole process, a step at a time — definitely taking the old chalkboard method and making it more user friendly as we try to reach all of our students.”

Master Darrell Booher from Lodge No. 21 said the Masons were not able to have their annual public fundraiser this year. However, they wanted to donate to Boardman Local Schools knowing the need for technology would be greater, especially during the pandemic.   

The Boardman Western Star Masonic Lodge will celebrate its 208th anniversary this year. There are more than 100 local members in the Mahoning Valley.