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Links chapter buys Kindle Readers for Warner students

The Western Reserve Chapter of Links Inc. has given CMSD’s Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy $10,000 to buy Kindle Readers that will be used by fourth- and fifth-graders at the single-gender school.

The Links chapter surprised Warner Principal Audrey Staton-Thompson with the donation at the service organization’s Masked Mardi Gras Benefit Gala, held earlier this month at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.

Staton-Thompson said she and Links, a school partner, had discussed giving students more access to technology at a meeting in August.

“The girls need more relevant content, nonfiction,” she said. “What better way to have it than right at your fingertips with a Kindle Reader.”

The Kindle Readers will help the girls become more familiar with technology as they reach middle-school age, Staton-Thompson said. She said it also will help them develop the computer skills they will need next year, when the computer-based PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam will replace the written Ohio Achievement Assessment in fourth through eighth grades.

The Links Inc. is a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The group has provided tutoring and other volunteer services at the Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy for six years.

Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy, 8315 Jeffries Ave., is one of five single-gender schools in the District. The school opened in 2007.