Division 1 teacher Marie Wallden (left) accepted prizes from a representative from Microsoft Canada on Dec. 7. Deroche Elementary won an essay contest about using technology at the local school.

Essay is a real winner

As a rural school community, many of the students have limited access to wi-fi and Internet for homework and use of home technology.

Marie Wallden, a Division 1 teacher at Deroche Elementary, entered the local school in a Microsoft Canada essay contest, and won.

The essay was on how students are using technology at Deroche Elementary for their education.

As a rural school community, many of the students have limited access to wi-fi and Internet for homework and use of home technology.

On Dec. 7, Microsoft Canada recognized the fantastic contribution of the teachers at Deroche Elementary for students and the community. Two staff from Microsoft provided an appreciation lunch and presented teachers and support staff with a $2,000 Staples gift card, a Keurig 2.0 K500 brewing system and four months supply of Van Houtte coffee.

They also received a training session for staff on Microsoft products which will take place in the spring of 2016.