PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It wasn’t a playoff pep rally, but it’s close.

The kids at Avalon Elementary are singing the team’s praises after the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation donated 20 Kindle Fire tablets to their school.

“Every tool, every piece of equipment that we get — the Kindle Fire or tablet that students can use to enhance the educational process, it really allows our students to compete in a global society,” said Dr. Joe Pasquerilla, the school district superintendent.

They are the first of 60 schools in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to receive their units.

“It is so nice to see how important education is to the Pittsburgh Penguins,” said Dr. Linda Hippert, of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.

When they are all done, the Penguins Foundation will give away 1,200 Kindles.

“They were doing math problems, and they knew instantly that they could do that. I didn’t even know that,” said Pittsburgh Penguins’ CEO David Morehouse. “They can do whatever they want on that. They can actually watch video. They can read books. They can do math programs. It’s extraordinary.”

It’s another tool for teachers to use as they engage young minds.

“I can’t thank them enough for what they have done. It makes a huge difference to the educational process,” said Dr. Pasquerilla.

The foundation raised money by selling pieces of the old Igloo roof and selling 50/50 tickets at home games — and now is giving it away.

“At times of tightening budgets and focus on education and trying to find new and innovative ways for kids to learn — to take technology and bring it into the classroom, I think it is an extraordinary effort and we are very pleased to be a part of it,” Morehouse said.

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