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Letter: Grants helped students to learn about reading, technology

Grants helped our students to learn

6:04 PM, May 10, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: Within the last few years there has been an explosion of digital literacy created for both the academic world and for mass consumption. As a result the literary world has been in a race to transform books from objects with a cover and pages to files that are downloaded with interactive text.

School libraries have been struggling in this rapidly changing world to meet the demand, affordability and accessibility of e-books in a way that benefits all patrons. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, Prairie River Middle School in Merrill was awarded funds as part of the Beyond Crayons and Computers grant. With the grant monies, the school was able to purchase Nook e-readers with preloaded books that can now be checked out by students from our school library.

The Nooks provide students, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the ability to check out e-books and have a device from which to read them. The devices and books have generated excitement for reading and provide features like adjustable fonts, which benefit students with learning disabilities and visual impairments.

Thank you for again to the Community Foundation for making this project a reality for our students.

Eric Heeren,

media specialist, Prairie River Middle School,

Merrill

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