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Trinity Pugh, Kennedi Roberston and Ethan Odom, from left, work with Reflex Math on iPads in Jessica LeBlanc’s second-grade classroom at Duplessis Primary School.

Math fact fluency and scores received a boost this year in Jessica LeBlanc’s second-grade classroom at Duplessis Primary School.

LeBlanc's students have been using the Reflex Math and IXL programs, purchased with a grant from the Ascension Fund. The programs allow students to practice basic math facts in fun games and build stronger foundations in the skills they were being taught in class, a news release said.

The programs are loaded onto an iPad, giving the children a chance to play with technology as they learn. LeBlanc used data collected at the beginning of the school year to place her students into groups based on need and determine who would get more iPad time during the day.

The user-friendly programs also collected data on student growth.

Funds were provided by the Vulcan Materials Co. Endowment Grant through the Ascension Fund.

The nonprofit Ascension Fund was founded by the Gonzales Rotary Club in 1991 to provide grants for innovative ideas and programs in Ascension Parish public schools.

The Ascension Fund awards teacher grants of $500 or $1,000 and school impact grants of $2,500 on an annual competitive basis. Visit ascensionfund.com for details.