Christmas came early for Marmaton Valley Elementary students Monday afternoon. Thirty Kindles — electronic tablets — were awarded to the school from the fundraising efforts of the school’s Parent-Teachers Organization.
Lindsey Drake, a PTO representative, presented the Kindles to Ken McWhirter, school principal.
The Kindles will be kept in the school library and available for checkout. Books will be downloaded onto the tablets.
Marmaton Valley is trying to increase students’ interests in reading. The books that will be purchased to put on the tablets range from preschool level up to sixth grade.
“We want overall reading to improve” among MVES students, Drake said.
The Marmaton Valley PTO was dormant for many years but in 2011 revived itself. The organization doesn’t have a goal in mind quite yet for this year but the students are their main focus.
“We ask ourselves what can we do for them,” Drake said. “What are the kids’ needs.”
McWhirter is looking forward to having the new e-readers in the building.
“This is a great benefit to the students,” he said. “They are electronic learners.”
He said the Kindles will be put to good use in the classroom.
“Teachers can teach out of it in the classroom,” he said. “It can be a group learning tool as well as having it in the library.”
WHILE Drake was at the assembly she also spoke to students about Boxtop Football. This is another fundraiser that students really enjoy, Drake said. In the school there is a bulletin board designed like a football field. There are two teams, orange and black, and students collect box tops for points. Once they hit a yard marker, which signals their progress in collecting box tops, they earn a prize.
“Box tops help fund the kids’ field trips, planners, teachers’ items, and equipment,” Drake said.
McWhirter said the monthly assemblies are times to recognize the students. He presented the “Cool Cat Character” award.
“It’s to reward those who are caught doing good things,” he said.
A student from each grade level was recognized with a certificate at the assembly.
The Marmaton Valley PTO meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at the elementary school library. The next meeting will not be until Nov. 25.