The third-graders at Aspen Crossing Elementary were eager, but polite, while waiting to try out four new Kindle Fire e-readers delivered to their school by Jim Rogers, a member of the Rotary Club of Aurora. Rogers and other Rotarians have delivered nearly 100 Kindles to Cherry Creek elementary schools in Aurora during the month of November. The effort is the latest iteration of the club’s longstanding tradition of supporting literacy programs in Aurora schools.
For many years, Aurora Rotarians presented a dictionary to every third-grader in the city. But as technology changed, an e-reader seemed to make more sense. The devices can be loaded with the latest dictionary, a variety of books and educational software that helps students improve their literacy skills.
The Aspen Crossing students quickly demonstrated that they are ‘digital natives,’ born and raised in the internet age. They intuitively knew how to turn on and use the devices. In the coming weeks and months they will use the Kindles to improve their reading, spelling, grammar and vocabulary skills.
“These Kindles are valuable tools for our students to use to strengthen their literacy skills,” said Karen Puga, principal of Aspen Crossing Elementary. “This generous donation will help us ensure that all students have access to the tools and technology they need to learn and achieve.”
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.