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      Down Country donates 104 iPads to area teachers

      More than one hundred iPads were donated to area teachers and educational therapists Wednesday night in Quincy.

      More than one hundred iPads were donated to area teachers and educational therapists Wednesday night in Quincy.

      A total of 104 tablets were provided by Down Country, a non-profit organization focused on students with special needs. The organization was founded locally in 2011 with a goal of providing technology, scholarships, and educational opportunities to area students and their educators.

      This is the second year that Down Country has given out iPads as part of its 'iCare/iPad' initiative.

      The organization goes through 5 months of fundraising to make the donations possible.

      Down Country President Kate Dougherty says that there is no shortage of great educators in the area, but sometimes they need help with funding for technology.

      "Very often we just don't have the funding and resources, so it's great to get the community together. Most of these iPads were purchased in ten dollar donation increments at a time. Which is amazing when you think of how many people that involves - it takes a lot to buy over 100 iPads in ten dollar increments. That's a lot of people," Dougherty said.

      According to Down Country's website, the organization chooses to give away iPads over other forms of technology because iPads provide 3 different styles of learning: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.

      To learn more about Down Country and other opportunities the organization provides, visit upatdowncountry.com .