February 28, 2014
By JAMES EVANS
Rutherford County Schools
EAGLEVILLE — Students and teachers were all smiles this week during an event to thank Bonnie Price, the father of Major League Baseball pitcher and Blackman High School graduate David Price.
Bonnie Price visited Eagleville School after David Price's foundation, Project One Four, recently donated more than $15,000 to the school to purchase 30 iPads and a mobile charging cart. The foundation made an identical donation a few weeks ago to Rock Springs Middle School in Smyrna. It also made a sizable donation to Holloway High School in Murfreesboro last year and a mobile laptop lab to Eagleville six years ago.
"This is more of a school that doesn't get a lot of support and doesn't have the finances to be able to do. We know a lot of people here, and we wanted to be help them and Rock Springs," Bonnie Price said.
"David wanted to be able to use his money to give back. That's his heart to help get the kids educated because our society's not going to change if we can't educate the kids. Kids are not going to do well if they don't have the tools."
The iPads will be used by students in kindergarten through eighth grade as a big initiative through the Response to Intervention (RTI) program, said Eagleville technology coach Sara Rzemieniewski.
"We've got these scheduled to be used in center time for grades K-8 for intervention and enrichment — that kind of situation," Rzemieniewski said, adding they can also be booked by a class to be used as a lab.
David Price graduated from Blackman High School in 2004 and went on to play college baseball at Vanderbilt University. He now pitches for the Tampa Bay Rays and won the prestigious Cy Young award in 2012.
For additional information about Project One Four, go to http://project14.org/.