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Selectman and brother donate educational software

Posted by Johanna Seltz  September 24, 2010 10:03 AM

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Selectman Paul Reynolds and his twin brother, Peter, have donated $50,000 worth of their educational software to the Dedham public schools.

School officials said teachers were being trained to use the new programs, and already have started using them in their classrooms.

The Reynolds’ company, FableVision, creates computer programs for classrooms, and for groups such as PBS, Jim Henson Productions, Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, and the National Academy of Sciences.

“Schools all around the world use FableVision's educational software to engage students and enrich teaching and learning,” said Paul Reynolds. “We wanted to give back to our own community, to ensure that Dedham's students enjoy that same advantage.”

“Dedham is known as the ‘Town of Learning,’ having established the first tax-supported school in the nation in 1644,” said Peter Reynolds. “We are thrilled that FableVision can help keep that learning legacy going and growing.”

The donation to Dedham includes “Stationery Studio,” a writing program for kindergarten through fifth grade; “Animation-ish,” an animation program for kindergarten through 12th grade; “SmartMoves,” a fitness program for grades two through 12; and “Words and Their Stories,” a vocabulary program for grades five through 12.

Superintendent June Doe thanked the Reynolds and said, “Dedham Public Schools are on an exciting trajectory of positive growth and change -- the addition of this generous donation of educational technology helps accelerate our increasing momentum.”

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seelenfam@verizon.net.

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