Donation Leads to Learning

March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 6:33 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 2014 at 6:33 AM EDT

Kenmore, N.Y. (WKBW) - Students at St. John the Baptist School went from the classic pencils and books to some advanced technology.

“Technology is so important,” Teacher Johanna MacDonald said.

This is all thanks to a generous donation. The school started out with four Kindles for a fourth grade classroom. Then, things just got better.

“The donor offered to give us enough money to purchase 40 more Kindles to be dispersed throughout the school,” MacDonald said.

That generous person wanted to remain anonymous but their effort couldn't be overlooked. Students in Ms. Johanna MacDonald's fourth grade class are learning in a whole new way.

“Writing things on a piece of paper is not that fun but when you have technology it's just way more fun,” Student Christian Hackbush said.

Currently, students are working on Language Arts but it is not only for reading and writing. The Kindle can be used in all subjects.

“It's really fun to do math instead of the index cards. Index cards are so boring. It's like oh my gosh you can have so much fun learning math,” another student said.

MacDonald said it brought a new love for learning to the entire school.

“Teachers are excited, kids are excited. It makes learning fun and sometimes they don't even know they are learning because they think they are a Kindle playing a game but they are really practicing their multiplication facts,” MacDonald said.

Having this technology can also help the students in the future. As for the donation, students say they are forever grateful.

“It was so generous of them so I'm giving them a shout out. Thanks to whoever did this,” one student said.

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