By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Students from several Lebanon Special School District schools happily tore through tissue paper and handed out boxes containing Amazons Kindle e-reader to one another on Tuesday as the online retailer donated 40 of the devices to the local school system.
We really appreciate Amazon and we really look forward to a long partnership with them, said LSSD Interim Director of Schools Scott Benson.
Representatives from Amazons local fulfillment center currently located off Central Pike in Lebanon announced the donation at a brief ceremony at Winfree-Bryant Middle School.
Students from Coles Ferry, Byars-Dowdy and Castle Heights Elementary Schools along with middle school students from WBMS and Walter J. Baird Middle School got to check out the devices and how they will benefit students with learning differences.
Its hard to describe how thrilled Amazon is to be a part of such an amazing community, said local Amazon Site Leader Mark Marzano.
Nickye Hamlet, education specialist with LSSD, said the schools will all get Kindles to use, with five going to every elementary school and 10 going to both middle schools.
Were going to use them in all of the schools, she said.
Hamlet pointed out the districts Inclusion Teachers, which helps students with learning difficulties, will be able to use the Kindles in the classrooms to meet those students needs. She noted the Kindles ability to read text out loud will be a great benefit for the students with learning difficulties.
She said the schools would load a variety of materials onto the e-readers, ranging from textbooks to literature and books that are on the Accelerated Reader list. Students will be able to check out the Kindles for use in the school as well as possibly taking them home.
Hamlet said they hope to have all the Kindles ready to use by next week after they inventory everything and upload the materials.
After unwrapping the e-readers, students split into groups with a teacher, and an Amazon team member showed the students how to use the Kindle and all of its features.
Marzano said with Amazon now a part of the local community, they are continuing to look for ways to give back to their new home and help their friends and neighbors in Wilson County.
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