Kindles encourage readers at Valley View Elementary School

Students in Cheryl Johnson’s second grade class at Valley View Elementary School have a new way to curl up with a good book – Kindles.

Second grader James Wasilewski reads with a book and a Kindle.

Johnson received a grant from the York Suburban Education Foundation to purchase six Kindles for her classroom. On Friday, some students used the Kindles while others were doing different reading activities.

Johnson said her goal was to get kids more interested in reading. Some of her “non-readers” love them, she said. One of the Kindles has a microphone, so students can listen to a book while they read it.

“Some kids really like it a lot. Some kids would rather have a book in their hands,” she said. She purchased a variety of books on different levels, picking some biographies and football books since her students have enjoyed those.

Johnson said she really believes in technology, and her students are growing up with it.

“And it’s just fun,” she said. “Anything that will get my kids to read and is fun, I’m going to do it.”

In the video below, kids discuss how to use the Kindle and some of its benefits – like no paper cuts!

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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