Madison Central Foundation awards new electronic device to MHS library
By MIKE LYNCH, Contributing Reporter
When Madison High School librarian Joanne Kalhoff submitted an "Innovative Educational Grant" application to the Madison Educational Foundation for the purchase of a $359 Kindle 2 wireless reading device, her goal was to offer technology as a way to bolster student reading.|
"Technology is their life, and this device could be a motivator to get kids excited about reading," Kalhoff said.
The award to the MHS library was one of two grants the Madison Educational Foundation has distributed this year. The other was a digital microscope, provided to Madison Middle School teacher Mat Nelson.
The Kindle enables the reader to read books, magazines and newspapers electronically. The device has storage capabilities to hold up to 1,500 books, and downloads take less than one minute.
Weighing less than a typical paperback, the Kindle 2 offers other unique features, such as the ability to adjust text size, add annotations to text and automatically search for definitions of words within the text.
A student user agreement is currently being finalized which will define general care, maintenance and expectations for student use.
Kalhoff was very excited when she heard that the Madison Educational Foundation awarded the Kindle to the library.
"I think it's great that the public is so supportive of projects like this," she said.
"Innovative Educational Grants" are awarded for innovative and creative educational projects. The project may be for a classroom, a grade level, a school, several schools or the total Madison Central School District. Applicants may be one or more teachers, a group of teachers/staff, a teacher/parent group or another Madison Central School District employee group.
The Madison Central School Educational Foundation Inc. was begun in 1995 as a means of providing funding for education enhancement and student achievement opportunities not funded by public tax dollars.
The foundation accepts donations and raises funds for the Foundation's endowment, with interest from investment of the endowment funds to be used for grants.