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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - Christmas came early Wednesday for students and teachers in the Muscle Shoals School District.

To help fill the needs of students, the Muscle Shoals Education Foundation spent tens of thousands of dollars for classroom wish lists.

They may not have been wearing the Mr. and Mrs. Claus outfits, but they created just as much excitement.

After months of fundraising by the Muscle Shoals Education Foundation, teachers at Highland Park Elementary were given presents - iPad’s which will be used during instruction time.

“Technology is a tool that will allow us to meet a child that is struggling; we can provide instruction at their level. A child that is ready for acceleration, we can push them further,” Technology Coach Janet Burnett of Highland Park Elementary explained.

Foundation members said a room full of gifts at the Board of Education is headed to classrooms across the school system.

The items represent $42,000 the Education Foundation raised to go directly to the schools.

Principals apply for grants through the foundation to fill certain needs which may not be considered a necessity, but they’re items teachers could use.

“Sometimes there are things that are not necessities we want, just a wish list,” stated Highland Park Elementary School Principal Wesley Pounders. “This was kind of one of those things that fell into that category. This will be great for the kids.”

The Muscle Shoals Education Foundation formed a year and a half ago to help fill the gap between state and local funding.

Since the Foundation formed, more than $100,000 has been awarded in grants and scholarships.