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Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Promotes Academic Achievement through Tablet Technology

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation’s Tablets in Education program has completed its second year for providing the latest in tablet technology for elementary school students in Allegheny County and the surrounding communities.

To date, over 2,700 tablets have been provided for elementary schools enrolled in this innovative high-tech program, more than doubling the number of units during the program’s first year. In addition, over 65 apps with an emphasis on education are also available through the Tablets in Education program.

In 2014, the program was created with the assistance of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3) and over 1,200 Kindle Fire HDX 7 tablets were distributed to local schools during the program’s first year. Each device was loaded with educational apps, books and specialized content carefully selected with the assistance of Common Sense Media and the professionals at the AIU3.

The Penguins Foundation has partnered with over 60 elementary schools located in and around Allegheny County to provide the tablets and apps for elementary school students. During the Tablets in Education program’s second year, an additional 1,500 Kindle Fire HD 7 tablets were distributed to schools by the Penguins Foundation.

"In this day and age of budget constraints, the Laurel community is most appreciative to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation for their support of our students. Their generous donation to our schools makes a difference in the lives of our students each and every day," stated Dr. Sandra Hennon, Superintendent for Laurel School District.

The devices are utilized for unique educational programs, extended learning programs and programs for children with disabilities. The technology used in Tablets in Education is designed to enhance a child’s academic achievement while continuing to support their social development and relationships with adults and peers through the most critical years of an adolescent’s growth and development.

To learn more about the Tablets in Education program, contact the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation office at 412-255-1952.

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