Eighth grader helps bring more than 50 Kindle Fires to elementary schoolers

Marin Gray donated 54 Kindle Fires to Eastwood Elementary with the help of the Mercy Foundation.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 4:49 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 5:09 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Wednesday, December 6, Marin Gray presented Eastwood Elementary with 54 Kindle Fires.

Gray is an eighth-grade student at Jo Lane Middle school, and she teamed up with the Mercy Foundation to provide the school with this gift.

She said she was inspired to do something after the Douglas County Public Library closed. She felt since that resource no longer existed, she wanted to provide one so that kids wouldn't lose interest in reading. 

”I know that it’s really important to develop a really early love of reading, and I know that if I didn’t I would be a completely different person," said Gray.

She said she chose Kindles over books because she believes the technological aspect may inspire children to read who might not have otherwise.

The Kindles were installed with a special software called Whisper Cast Reading that will allow the school to control how they're all used.
The provided devices will be enough for almost every student in the second grade.

Gray said she looks forward to finding more opportunities like this in the future to promote reading and education among children.

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