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Some students in Weston may not take home many textbooks this year.

Robert L. Bland Middle School is participating in a pilot program that gives every student a laptop.

Students in all four grades will use traditional textbooks in class but will access them outside of school on their computers.

Administrators said the program could provide some big advantages to the kids.

"We're using a lot of technology. We're pushing that digital native even more to use that technology as much as possible. The kids love it," said Lewis County school administrator L. D. Skarzinski.

Students also are using flash drives to bring other books home and access them on their laptops.

It's part of a statewide effort to bring technology to more classrooms throughout West Virginia.

Skarzinski says the county is looking at other ways to incorporate technology in daily lessons.

Third and fourth grade students at Peterson Central Elementary are also using computers frequently in their classes, and other schools are using mobile technology labs for individual lessons.

RLBMS isn't the first school in our area to start a similar program. Students at South Harrison High School were each given their own personal iPad to use throughout the year.