The sixth-grade students at Alexander D. Goode Elementary School will no longer have to wait in line if someone else has the book they want to read.

"How many of you have had to do that?" sixth-grade teacher Amie Kohler asked her students.

When all of the students raised their hands — "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" had been very popular, she said — Kohler told them there would no longer be a wait thanks to the 48 Kindles that Temple Beth Israel had been donated to the sixth-grade classrooms on Tuesday.

Kohler said she and her fellow sixth-grade teacher, Jennifer Swartz, will be able to purchase one book — in addition to any apps they may be able to use in the classroom — for around $4 and then push it to all of the students' Kindles.

Temple Beth Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan also donated a $100 Amazon gift card to help in filling the virtual shelves of the sixth-grade e-library.

Good for Goode: Swartz and Kohler started to add Kindles into their coursework when they — with their own money — purchased six Kindles and loaded them with apps for their students to use.

"We have limited resources, and technology is important," Swartz said of their decision to pay for the Kindles. "They looked at them as a privilege, and they treated them like a privilege."

Temple Beth, by way of its "Doing Good for Goode" campaign, reached out to the York City school and learned the Kindles were high on its wish list, Astrachan said.

Temple Beth has developed an ongoing relationship with Goode, Astrachan said, because the school was named for former Temple Beth Rabbi Alexander Goode, who was one of four chaplains who died during World War II after giving up their life vests to others on a sinking ship.

"It was just a very natural reason for us to join forces," he said.

Through its "Doing Good for Goode" campaign, members of the Temple Beth community have donated a variety of items ranging from school supplies to knit hats to encouraging posters.

Swartz expressed her gratitude for Temple Beth and their generosity.

The Kindles "came as a complete surprise to the kids," she said. "It's a real blessing."

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