ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County high school students received brand new Kindle Fire tablets as an incentive for their performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
The Central Florida chapter of Sigma Pi Phi handed out 34 tablets to students at Evans High School in Orlando. The students received high marks on their FCAT reading exam.
The students recieved the highest score possible, a five, on the test. The former principal promised the reward, but money ran out this school year. That's where Sigma Pi Phi got involved, donating the money for the Kindles.
"They called us to the principal's office and they told us you're going to get the Kindle and we were like wow because we didn't think it was going to happen," said Ayona McGann.
In a short ceremony Friday members of the professional fraternity presented the students with the early holiday gifts.
"When you have some kids who have gone on and aced the FCAT you want to encourage them, but most importantly it also encourages other kids to do the same," said Irving Matthews, who heads up social outreach for the group.
The fraternity says it hopes to continue supporting Orange County students.
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