Ascension Parish community photo gallery for April 28, 2016 _lowres

Photo provided by Jennifer deFrances -- Apple Digital Academy students, from left, Jose Cortez, Coby Gabriel, Baily Wilson, Derrick Jackson and Gage Weaver display some of the new calculators the academy received through an Ascension Fund grant.

Secondary mathematics teacher Sherice Palmer’s students at Apple Digital Academy have new calculators, thanks to a $1,000 grant provided through the Ascension Fund.

The academy had no working graphing calculators for its three programs: Alternative Learning, Blended Learning and Ascension Parish Pathways. Along with the graphing calculators, the high schoolers also received scientific and other calculators for use in their classes.

Student motivation and test scores increased because the students had access to this technology, according to a news release.

The Ascension Fund, a nonprofit established in 1991 by the Gonzales Rotary Club, allows private sector leaders to invest directly in the work of individual teachers and schools through grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools, a news release said.

For more information, visit ascensionfund.com.