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E textbooks: Budget-friendly, backpack-friendly

Students’ backs and school budgets are both experiencing some relief this year at Calvary Christian School through a new measure the school has adopted to use electronic textbooks.

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ABOVE: Calvary Christian High School students read a history assignment Friday on electronic textbooks located on their iPads. Pictured from the left are Blake Wenger, Noah Taylor and Nathalie Thompson. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Hannah Bell, 8, left, practices reading sight words Friday while teacher’s aide Deb Brunner flips through flash cards on an iPad at Calvary Christian School. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

High school pupils at the 1140 Rush Ave. school are utilizing this electronic option for their English, French, biology and history classes, administrator Paul Green said. The E books are downloaded onto school-issued iPads that students receive during their freshman year.

“This is the first year that we’ve done the E textbooks, and we’re seeing a cost savings compared to purchasing traditional textbooks,” Mr. Green said Friday.

“Plus, the E books are great because the students take the iPads with them to and from school, so they don’t have to carry a bunch of heavy textbooks in their backpacks. And they always have their books at their fingertips for any assignment they complete after school.”

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