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2014-03-05 / Education

Anonymous donor gifts 44 Kindle Fire tablets


Ella Friedman, a student at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore, explores her new Kindle Fire. An anonymous donor recently gifted 44 of the tablets, used as reading devices, to the school. Ella Friedman, a student at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore, explores her new Kindle Fire. An anonymous donor recently gifted 44 of the tablets, used as reading devices, to the school. An anonymous benefactor recently donated 44 Kindle Fire tablets and cases to St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore.

The gift is valued at more than $5,000.

Johanna MacDonald, a fourth-grade teacher at St. John’s, said that before the donation she was conveying her students’ enthusiasm of using a Kindle to help master multiplication facts.

A few days later, a package arrived with four new Kindles for her classroom. The donor was so impressed with how quickly the students and faculty incorporated the devices into their daily routine that 40 additional Kindles arrived soon after.

The Kindles are being shared among the grade levels. Some teachers have created customized flashcards for vocabulary and math facts.

“The students enjoy writing with them and doing research using our wireless Wi-Fi technolo gy,” said MacDonald. “We’re currently studying ancient mythology, and the kids have been able to do an in-depth exploration of what they find appealing. It’s been a great tool in reinforcing skills using engaging apps and websites, too.”

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