ISA gift to help Lanesville students with Wi-Fi
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
“Anesthesiologists are known as the pioneers of safety,” according to Bui Tran, a board member of the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. They are using that statement as a cornerstone for their most recent endeavor of giving back to Indiana schools, and the ISA is campaigning for more medical societies to follow their lead.
The ISA reached out to about 500 schools in the state asking how they could help and what would be needed to ensure the students are getting a quality education this school year. Based on needs and requests, ISA selected Lanesville Community School Corp. as one of the six schools they would assist for the 2020-21 school year.
“If schools don’t open, they don’t get certain funding,” Tran said. “Kids also need the structure that schools provide, and parents need to be able to work. It’s a cycle, and we felt we needed to help where we could.”
ISA gifted Lanesville schools $1,200, which will be used to purchase four hot spots to help with Wi-Fi for kids attending school virtually for the time being. Lanesville currently has about 50 students who attend classes virtually, and Steve Morris, superintendent of Lanesville Community School Corp., said many of those students didn’t have much of a choice if they would come back to school or not.
“A lot of our students who opted to do virtual learning did that because they had at-risk family members or they themselves were at risk,” Morris said. “We will sit down and asses the families that are utilizing the virtual option and see where we need to up our Wi-Fi coverage to better serve those students.
“We can’t thank the ISA enough for this donation,” he said. “It was such a nice surprise to be selected, and we only have praise and thanks to offer up to them for helping us during this time.”
Tran said the ISA hopes this small contribution will ignite a fire within other medical organizations throughout the state and country to do their part to give back.
“We want to form some kind of fund-raising initiative and start a hashtag trend of #doctorsdonate,” Tran said. “The more we can spread the word about the good doctors are doing in the school systems, then the more money we will be able to get to better help our Indiana students. I encourage and motivate other physician societies to fundraise and contribute similarly.”