Kindles for Keystones: Good scores earn York City students a reading reward

Several York City students earned Kindles by scoring proficient or better on their Keystone exams.

Students who scored proficient or better on the Keystone exams were entered into a drawing to win one of eight Kindles donated by the Martin Library board members.

City schools Supt. Deborah Wortham previously talked about having a “celebrity sweepstakes” through which she and Mayor Kim Bracey donated Kindles, then given to students for scoring proficient or better on classroom diagnostic tests.

At Wednesday’s school board meeting, eight students were there as winners through what Wortham called the “Kindles for Keystones,” program – students who scored proficient or better on their Keystone exams had their names put into a drawing to win one of eight Kindles, provided by Martin Library board members.

The Keystone exams are end of course tests in algebra, literature and biology. They replaced the 11th grade PSSA, and eventually they will be required for students to graduate.

Susan Davidson-Linton, from the library, was on hand Wednesday to help award the Kindles.

“Our board of directors saw the significance of this reward, this incentive … and wanted to step up to the plate to share that,” she said.

At the meeting, the kids had to hand the Kindles right back. The students will be taken to the library today at noon, where they’ll officially receive their Kindles, as well as a library card to help them get all kinds of good reads for them, Davidson-Linton said.

The Kindle winners are:

  • Akilah Atterberry
  • Omar Bonifaco – Numez
  • Jazel Breeland
  • Cheyanne Brown
  • Brandon Hubbard
  • Devon Ray
  • Catherine Roque
  • Jiyana Wright

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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