Leo’s iPad connection

Leo Vannoni, a Bluffton Elementary School third-grader who is battling leukemia, is able to participate in classroom lessons and discussions using an iPad.  Leo can follow teacher Kim Thomas’ instructions, watch lessons on the classroom’s Smartboard and raise his hand to ask questions.  He also can hear questions asked by other students, and they can hear his responses.  Leo’s mother, Kelly Vannoni, believes that being able to interact with his peers on a daily basis will make his return to school less overwhelming.  “Bone marrow transplant kids’ immune systems are extremely compromised, and they can become isolated socially,” Ms. Vannoni says.  “Leo has really enjoyed communicating with his teacher and classmates through the tablet.”