Duraclean donation will assist Merriwether’s technology
The Duraclean Systems of North Augusta gave a substantial donation to Merriwether Middle School, and co-owner and President Edwin Maner said he was happy to support an area school.
Both of Maner’s daughters, Cortlyn and Kennon, attended Merriwether Middle School, and he wants to ensure that the students in the years to come can have the best quality of education possible.
Founder George Hughes was a constant supporter of the community during his 16 years as owner and president. Maner wants to continue that legacy by assisting Merriwether.
“This is about giving back to the community,” Maner said. “My kids went to school here. I just wanted to give back to the schools that they were in and to help the community out for the future leaders.”
The school will be able to make use of these funds to further its efforts to push its students to the next level of education.
“I’m very humbled that they would even think of MMS in this fashion,” Merriwether Middle School Principal Kevin Butler said. “We have been working very hard to get technology into this building, and now that the district has provided Wi-Fi, getting new hardware will be our next phase.”
Butler is happy to have assistance from the company and hopes to push Merriwether to its greatest potential for the students.
“This contribution will go a long way with bringing this hardware in,” Butler said. “We are in the process of using more technology. The big push in our district is to have more Google Chrome books. It would open a lot of avenues for us, and it will also prepare our students for the technology jobs that are becoming available.”
According to Butler, the goal is to reach the students in the best ways possible and prepare them for what is to come in the future.
“Some students learn better using computers than paper and pencil, and so what I’m looking at as far as the future is concerned is a more paperless school and a more technology-driven teaching style,” Butler said. “We’re just looking forward to down the road using more technology to reach children. That’s the most important thing right now. Technology is here, and it’s here to stay.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star.