Next month, members of the Rotary Club of Aurora will deliver 200 Kindle Fire e-readers to third grade classrooms at Cherry Creek elementary schools in Aurora. The effort is the latest iteration of the club’s long-standing tradition of supporting literacy programs in Aurora schools.
Dr. Tera Helmon, executive director of elementary education in Cherry Creek Schools, thanked the Rotarians for their generous donation during the group’s weekly meeting on Oct.26.
“Our students will use these devices for reading, spelling and to improve their vocabulary,” Helmon said. “They will help us ensure that all students have access to the tools and technology they need to learn and achieve.”
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.
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.