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Amazon donation puts Kindles in every classroom at Midlands school

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WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Teachers at Glenforest School say the Amazon Kindle is a big part of their learning environment. However, they only had about 20 for the entire school. Thanks to a major donation from Amazon Fulfillment in Columbia, they now have one kindle for every student.

"Today, Amazon is fulfilling one of our promises to give back to the community," said John Petta, the General Manager of Amazon Fulfillment.

The Midlands' company gave more than 40 Kindles to the non-profit day school that serves kindergarten through 12th grade students with learning differences and disabilities.

"I can't tell you how much this is going to help our students and how it's going to open the world for them," said teacher Kristen Boomhower.

Boomhower has been using the Kindles the school currently has for some of her lessons. She says they are already making a huge difference in her teaching style.

"We have students that are all on the same grade level, but they're on different ability levels and the Kindle allows us to use and differentiate our instruction for those students," said Boomhower.

Teachers add that small words in a book can often intimidate their students into not reading at all. During the gift presentation, students cited the gadget's ability to enlarge font, read books aloud and to keep multiple books in one place.

Faculty say that books are still essential, but add that all 63 students at Glenforest will be able to use the Kindles at school and at home.

Students and faculty say they're going to process and catalogue the Kindles, and they will be in classrooms on Monday.

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