SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- An act of kindness will mean new technology for Smithville School..
A check for $ 150,000 was awarded to the school and it's part of a much larger donation given to Smithville Church of Christ.
"Had our school not come back, our community would of been lost. We felt this is the best way the money that was entrusted to our congregation. The money never belonged to us, and we we're just a vehicle to get this money to where it was needed," said Monroe County resident Bill Steverson.
The money will go toward new equipment and a number of enhancements for the new school's Technology Center.
"We're going to totally rework all three of these labs," stated Principal Chad O'Brian. "Our ICT Lab and Stem Lab and with Common Core coming in the park assessments that will start in two years. All assessments are going to be computer based. So, to have this kind of technology we're just really ahead of the game at this point."
Students, faculty, and staff are now using salvaged equipment at the temporary school following the April 2011 tornado.
School leaders say the school will also instatll Wi-Fi.
"Once we get the Wi Fi installed that's going to open the door for many other things such as Ipads," said teacher Elizabeth Sims.
It's the students who will be best served through the advancement of technology opportunities.
"Computers are a big big resource for us with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter all that, and I know we won't be able to get on that here. But, the internet being wireless, it will run faster," said Taylor Smith, student. "We'll be able to look up stuff. I think it will help with assignments and stuff."
School leaders hope the the new school will set the stage for the town to boom.