Balefire Labs Announces Endorsement of Merrimack Valley Sandbox Education Challenge

Lawrence Public Schools Teachers Get Free Access to Educational App Review Service

TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Balefire Labs, Inc ( provider of online, PreK-12, educational app reviews for teachers and parents-- announced today their new sponsorship of the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Education Challenge.

The Merrimack Valley Sandbox promotes social entrepreneurship and leadership in Lowell and Lawrence. It was established in 2010 by the Deshpande Foundation through the Merrimack Valley Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UMass Lowell. The Education Challenge, one of four major programs run by the Sandbox, encourages teachers to try out innovative and entrepreneurial approaches within the Lawrence Public Schools by providing up to $1000 in project funds to selected teacher proposals.

Balefire Labs provides a free annual subscription to its online educational app review service to every teacher who is awarded project funding in the program. "We were thrilled when Balefire Labs offered a free subscription to teachers awarded the MVS Education Challenge grants," said Raj Melville, Executive Director of the Deshpande Foundation. "Many of them were integrating new technology ideas into their classrooms and found Balefire Labs to be tremendously helpful in navigating the complex app offerings in the education field. Balefire Labs' support of these innovative thought leaders will make it easier for them to select the appropriate apps for their needs with students."

"We are very excited to be involved in the leading-edge work that the Sandbox is doing here in the Merrimack Valley," added Karen L. Mahon, Ed.D., President and Founder of Balefire Labs. "And it's really a privilege to help contribute to the hard work going on in the Lawrence Public Schools District Turnaround Plan. We've met a number of the Lawrence teachers and their enthusiasm and dedication is impressive."

One of those teachers is second grade teacher Susan Casey, who received MVS Education Challenge awards in 2013 and 2014. Susan and her partner teacher used their grant money to purchase iPads for their classrooms. "I am delighted to have access the Balefire Labs app reviews," Susan stated.  "We have been using the service to learn more about apps that we hear about and might like to try in our classrooms, as well as new apps that we hadn't heard of before.  The research-based criteria Balefire Labs uses to evaluate apps is so helpful to us when choosing which ones to introduce to our students.  This service allows us to spend less time on looking for great materials and more time teaching!"

To learn more about the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Education Challenge, visit their website.

About Balefire Labs, Inc.

Based in Tyngsborough, Mass., Balefire Labs, Inc. is a provider of tools and services that foster a child's learning & achievement. Launched in 2013, the new online service provides parents and teachers objective evaluations on PreK-12 educational apps based on rigorous, scientifically-validated criteria, so they are confident they are choosing products that are most beneficial for their children. It is the only service available that uses objective criteria and makes its evaluation process transparent to parents and teachers so they have peace of mind. Balefire Labs, Inc. accepts no advertising dollars or third-party vendor payments for reviews.

For a free trial of the Balefire Labs educational app review service, please visit Balefire Labs can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: Karen Mahon, Balefire Labs, 978-512-0840,

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