Brandy Sparks, an English teacher at Delta Opportunity School in Delta, expects her students to read a book of their choice every six weeks. But there's a big obstacle — the school has no library.
Delta Opportunity School is an alternative for students in grades 9-12 who have been expelled or are at risk of dropping out. Students are involved in College For Every Student and they provide Food For Thought backpacks for Delta and Cedaredge.
Sparks applied for an Arch Coal grant to purchase Kindle Fires for her classroom so her students could access e-books through the Delta County Libraries website. She was awarded $500.
"This opens up a plethora of books they can read for their term book reports," Sparks said. "Not only that but it allows them to use the Delta County Library research databases. I received the grant and after buying the Kindles invited Christen and Coleen from the local library to come in and educate my students and me about how to access the books."
When asked, "Why are you so excited about the Kindles?" Skyler Dutton said, "It is better to be looking at the clear screen rather than all the smudges on the books and the selection of books is amazing and mind-boggling."
"My students are excited about this new technology in the classroom and I am excited that we will be able to use this free service provided by our local libraries," Sparks said. "Plus, the Kindle Fires allow us to use less paper. We read several essays and short stories in the classroom, many of which can be found online. Now instead of printing the stories we can look them up on the Kindle and save paper for other things.
"We are very thankful for receiving the Arch Coal Grant and look forward to reaping the benefits the Kindle Fire provides for my classroom."blog comments powered by Disqus