School district awarded service grant

IBM has awarded the Westford Public School District a $1,500 community service grant to purchase new equipment for the Living Lab at Norman E. Day Elementary School. IBM’s community service grants are awarded based on requests from employees or retirees who have a record of active and ongoing involvement with nonprofit organizations and schools. Westford Elementary Parent Teacher Organization volunteer and IBM employee Weisong Wang applied for the grant, which will help pay for a new iPad and new mobile ProScope, a wireless, hand-held digital microscope that is compatible with the iPad. Together, the set will allow students to view and record living and nonliving specimens while they work both in the lab and outdoors at the school. Twice each year, all of the town’s elementary students visit the Living Lab, an integral part of their science and fine arts curricula. The IBM grant will allow the Westford Elementary PTO to reallocate some of the money the organization had originally earmarked for the Living Lab to other school programs, said Margaret Carlson, the group’s board president.