Posted on Nov 12, 2019
As reported in The Herald Palladium,
Upton Foundation Awards Grant for Kindles for Kids Project
The Frederick S. Upton Foundation awarded the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation a grant to supply Kindle tablets to the students in four classrooms of second graders at Benton Harbor Area School’s International Academy at Hull. This project will build on the work of Eddie Marshall’s Toys for the Needy organization and Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary.
“Based on what we have seen in the pilot programs, this grant will help improve reading skills for all the second graders in Benton Harbor Area Schools.  This will provide the children with a better foundation for meeting the important 3rd grade Michigan reading requirements designed to have a significant impact on their long-term educational success,” said Dave Bly, Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation president.
And Patricia Robinson, interim superintendent for Benton Harbor Area Schools, said “We are thankful for the generosity of the Upton Foundation. The tablets will give us another resource to allow us to improve our student’s reading skills and further invest in their success. Technology integration in the classroom is key in shaping the future of our young learners. We are honored to partner with the Upton Foundation and the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary Foundation on this project.”
Additional funds for the project have been provided by Eddie Marshall, president of  Toys for the Needy, including the following donors: B&Z Construction, Industrial Fabrication, Michael Mason, Tetra Horticulture Co, Moo’s Place Chinese Restaurant, Shoreline Mold Engineering and Priebe’s Creative Woodworking.