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Valley school district makes a digital leap in technology

Most students stay as far from school as possible during Spring Break. So when McAllen Memorial High School Principal Rosie Larson saw a group of them huddled against the school building, tented in blankets against the unseasonable cold, she did a double take.

With a sense of triumph, Larson realized they were seeking Wi-Fi for their new school-provided iPads. The tablets, distributed across grade levels to students and teachers, give access to technology that does not exist for most homes in a district with a 67-percent poverty rate.

“At the end of the day, we can’t get them out of the building,” she said. “It’s amazing, and as an adult it’s really been transforming for me, to see that happening.”