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Twitter contest, donor matching brings 40 computers to Nissitissit

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PEPPERELL — Good things come to those who ask.

“You might as well just throw it out there,” said Ethan Worth, the computer teacher at Nissitissit Middle School. So, he did.

While on Twitter he came across a contest for to win a connected classroom from Best Buy. “Best Buy Education @BestBuy… 12/31/15 Enter for a chance to win a STEM or Connected Classroom! #FETC Best Buy Education booth 2235.

A regular Twitter user, always on the hunt for new ideas from other teachers for teaching science, technology, engineering and math, Worth jumped on it.

He tweeted back, “@BestBuyEdu #BestBuySweeps connected classrooms could inspire wonder in #stem learning and help promote creativity in our students!”

Then he forgot about it.

Nissitissit was in the middle of another effort to bring technology to the classroom through DonorsChoose.org.

The organization that matches donations dollar to dollar reached out to Nissitissit after an earlier campaign brought iPads to Mark Cullen’s social studies classroom.

Nissitissit raised its half of the nearly $10,600 needed to purchase 30 Chromebooks and a charging cart in under four months, Worth said.

Donors from Pepperell, including families and members of the Pepperell Business Association, pitched in, said Vice Principal Lauren Young.

The projects on DonorsChoose get additional donations from individuals with no connection to the school, she said. A group called #BestSchoolDay funded the last part of the effort.

While all this was going on, Worth received a direct Tweet from Best Buy. Nissitissit was in the running for a connected classroom.

The next day, he got word he won. Soon, 10 Chromebooks, a large touch-screen television and a table and chairs for the equipment arrived at the school.

The 30 Chromebooks and their cart funded through DonorsChoose arrived around the same time.

“We worked so hard,” said Young said. “It was a great windfall.”

Worth is still unpacking the equipment and setting it all up for the students at the school.

“We love technology here,” Young said.

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