RealeBooks Project Wins National Technology Innovation Award: Verizon Communications Lauds Use of E-Publishing Tool in Literacy Project

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A RealeBooks project with parents of the Family and Child Education (FACE) literacy program at Enemy Swim Day School in Waubay, South Dakota, is the national winner of the inaugural Verizon Tech Savvy Award. RealeBooks, a product of Colorado-based RealeStudios, provides e-publishing solutions to schools, businesses and service organizations around the world. The Verizon Tech Savvy Award was presented during the 16th annual National Conference on Family Literacy in Orlando, Florida.

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Enemy Swim's use of RealeBooks was so compelling that they were an easy choice for this award.

A RealeBooks project with parents of the Family and Child Education (FACE) literacy program at Enemy Swim Day School in Waubay, South Dakota, is the national winner of the inaugural Verizon Tech Savvy Award. RealeBooks, a product of Colorado-based RealeStudios, provides e-publishing solutions to schools, businesses and service organizations around the world. The Verizon Tech Savvy Award was presented during the 16th annual National Conference on Family Literacy in Orlando, Florida.

"Realebooks are opening up a whole new world of possibilities for families who previously had limited access to books," said Michael McGuffee, RealeBooks CEO. "This award is a tremendous honor and reaffirms our commitment to increase literacy through technology."    

The Verizon Tech Savvy Award is a joint creation of the National Conference on Family Literacy, former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack and the Verizon Foundation. It is the first national award designed to provide an incentive for grassroots, community-based nonprofit organizations and schools to create programs that demystify technology for parents, enabling them to better guide their children in the use of new media. The RealeBooks project with Enemy Swim Day School was one of 85 programs nominated for the award.

In announcing the winner, Christie Vilsack said, "Enemy Swim's use of RealeBooks was so compelling that they were an easy choice for this award."

Parents in the FACE program use eBooks to celebrate their Dakota culture and language. Each month, they create four original picture books and distribute hundreds of copies in the community. Each RealeBook is created using digital photography, color laser printing and RealeWriter software.

"The RealeBooks project is the best thing that has happened to our program," said Dr. Sherry Johnson, Superintendent, Enemy Swim Day School. "Making eBooks allows our families to work with technology and literacy in a meaningful and inexpensive way to put books in the hands of children," Johnson said.

To learn more about RealeBooks' work with Families and Child Education, visit online: The FACE RealeLibrary

RealeBooks is an information and communications technology (ICT) company that provides epublishing solutions to schools, businesses and service organizations. RealeBooks seeks to nurture a lifelong love of reading for the benefit of building communities where all members have open and equal access to literacy. To learn more about RealeBooks, RealeWriter and RealeLibrary, visit online: http://www.realebooks.com

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