The Supriya Jindal Foundation, with the help of gold partner Verizon Foundation, has announced the award of 15 LearnPad 2 tablets to the kindergarten classrooms at Eastside Elementary School through the “School Surprise” program.

The program provides kindergarten classrooms with center-related tools to aid in education, a news release from the foundation said.

After speaking with teachers and principals to better understand the needs of classrooms in Louisiana, the Supriya Jindal Foundation decided to invest in hands-on tools and tablet technology for classrooms.

The LearnPad 2 tablets come equipped with sturdy protective cases as well as unlimited access to the management portal, to K-3 STEM applications and activities, to on-going training and to preloaded kindergarten through third grade math and science lessons, the release said.

“Establishing a strong foundation for our students to build upon is so very important — we all want to ensure our students master the basics of reading, writing and math,” Supriya Jindal said. “Thus, the foundation has decided to award kindergarten classrooms with hands-on enrichment tools and tablet technology to further aid in our students’ mastery of core subjects. The foundation is proud to partner with the Verizon Foundation, who helped to make this award possible for Eastside Elementary School in Denham Springs. With hard work, we believe we have the opportunity to make a lasting and positive difference in education.”

“The Verizon Foundation is proud to partner with The Supriya Jindal Foundation to enhance Louisiana’s classrooms with enrichment tools and tablet technology,” said Tyrone Rice, Verizon Wireless director of business sales for the Houston/Gulf Coast region. “These classroom tools will support teachers as they develop lessons, engage students with hands-on learning experiences and set Eastside Elementary students up for a successful future.”

The School Surprise program was created after teachers gave input on how to enhance the classroom environment, the release said. Kindergarten classrooms’ centers may need books for a reading center, 10-frame charts and counters for a math center or magnets and weather charts for a science center. The program seeks to provide such hands-on interactive tools that teachers identify as integral to their kindergarten classrooms and their students’ success, the release said.

The Supriya Jindal Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, seeks help Louisiana’s children in all aspects of education, with special emphasis on mathematics and the sciences, while also giving teachers new tools that will foster an innovative and enriching learning environment, the release said.

The Verizon Foundation is focused on accelerating social change by using the company’s innovative technology to help solve pressing problems in education, health care and energy management, the release said. For information, visit www.verizon.com.