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Two students show off their brand new Kindle Fire HD devices from Amazon.
Amazon also donated $lflOO in books, learning applications and other content.
March is National Reading Month.
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An Amazon associate helps students start a Kindle Fire HD device. Amazon is a
longtime supporter of STEM education, literacy and the local communities
where its employees live and work.
Kernersville Elementary on Fire for reading
BY KIM UNDERWOOD
When Kemersville Elemental^ stu
dents headed to the media center this
morning, all they knew was that a surprise
And quite a surprise it turned out to be.
Representatives from Amazon were
there with a table loaded with Amazon
boxes. When students were invited to open
the boxes and see what was inside, they
found one Kindle Fire HD tablet after
another - 75 of them by the time all the
boxes were opened.
A Kindle is Amazon's hand-held
device for reading books. Each of the
Kindles was loaded with Dr. Seuss' "Oh,
the Places You'll Go!," and, after a Kindle
was .given to each student, the Amazon
representatives gathered with small groups
of students and read the book to them.
"I think it was really nice of them to
give us 75 Kindles," said fifth-grader
"I'm going to play a game and read a
Bible," said fourth-grader Christian
"It's nice," said fourth-grader Janeice
Harper, who plans to grow up to become
President of the United States. In the
meantime, she enjoys reading about such
celebrities as Taylor Swift.
Dana Routh, the school's lead financial
secretary, said, "I am overwhelmed by
their generosity for our students."
"I just want to thank Amazon for the
opportunities they are bestowing on our
students," said Principal Shane O'Neal.
The Kindles are for the use of students
in the school's Exceptional Children (EC)
program. The gift includes $1,200 in
books, learning applications and other
content for the tablets. Amanda Ip, a
spokesperson for Amazon who flew in
from Seattle for the presentation, said that
with National Reading Month coming up
in March, they thought it would be a good
time to make the donation.
'To kick off National Reading Month,
we are very proud to be donating these
Kindle tablets to really help enhance the
learning experience for these exceptional
children and ignite their love of reading,"
EC teacher Sharyn Prescott said she
thinks that the Kindles will help students
become more enthusiastic about reading.
"This is one more way to engage
them," said EC teacher assistant Christie
Vandervelde. "Kids are all about their
Those on hand for the announcement
also included Dana Caudill Jones, the
chair of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth Board
of Education; A. L. "Buddy" Collins, a
former WS/FC school board member who
now serves on the N.C. State Board of
Education; and Dawn Morgan, the mayor
"This is fantastic for the community -
a wonderful opportunity," Jones said. "We
are very thankful to Amazon and their
partnership with Kernersville Elementary
Collins sees it as a wonderful example
of a business, community and school
working together for the benefit of chil
dren and he hopes to see more such exam
ples across the state.
"I'm excited about the opportunity for
these students to use the latest technolo
gies to learn and to improve their reading,"
Morgan said. "I'm grateful that Amazon is
taking this interest in the education of
Morgan also talked about how won
derful reading is. "When you pick up a
book, you can go to an imaginary world,"
Reading can also teach you all about
the world and help you acquire the skills
you need to find a satisfactory job, she
Kernersville Elementary is the only
school in North Carolina receiving such a
gift. It was chosen in part because of the
diversity of its student body and in part
because it serves stifdents with special
needs, Ip said.
The connection with Kernersville
Elementary was made through Brad
Stanbery, a site leader for Amazon in
North Carolina. "We believe it's important
to give back to the community we live in,"
Stanbery said when he spoke before the
students opened the boxes.
His wife, Becky,, is a kindergarten
teacher assistant at the school, and their
daughter, Larkin, is in third grade there.
"I love everything about this school,"
Becky Stanbery said. "Everybody is so
friendly and outgoing. I love the diversi
Larkin, who blows that she wants a
career that enables her to work with babies
when she grows up, likes going to
"All the people who work here are
really nice," Larkin said. "When you are
having trouble with something, they try to
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