METAMORA, Ill -- St. Mary's School is small and private with only 100 Kindergarten through 8th grade students. They receive no state funding, but even with a very generous PTO, they still have a limited budget.
"We teach here because we love the kids and being a parochial school we love to be able to incorporate God into that, but definitely we're lacking on technology. We do the best that we can," said Social Studies and Literature teacher Lucie Canamore.
Mrs. Canamore likes to use technology in her classroom because she knows that it will be the basis for many future jobs.
"We use a lot of the news channels to get current events, National Geographic to see what's happening world-wide," she said.
Jakob Harvers said he finds it helpful, "It makes it easy to write down and understand the lessons."
However, Mrs. Canamore's computer and tv monitor don't always work the best or the fastest. And with limited time to teach, it can take away valuable minutes.
She said, "There's times when we're waiting for a website to load up. There's times when the connection between the computer and the tv just seems to fail at just the right time is when it happens."
"If it was faster, we could learn more," said Harvers.
Mrs. Canamore said she will use this special Christmas surprise to get classroom tech that makes the grade.