CANON CITY NEWS
Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County
Boys & Girls Club members take full advantage of new Technology Center at the club
By Carie Canterbury
POSTED: 10/02/2013 09:44:29 PM MDT
With the school year now in full swing, members of the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County have more opportunity to use technology to complete homework or to expand their technological horizons.
The club recently opened a new technology center for its middle-and high school-age club members thanks to a grant through the Colorado Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs from the Attorney General’s office that provided 10 new PCs and two laptops.
“We are just so thrilled to have this resource for the kids now,” said Jennifer Pierceall Herman, Boys & Girls Club executive director. “Prior to this, we had a couple of computers that didn’t work real well. There are so many opportunities for great programs that we didn’t have the ability to do because we didn’t have the technology.”
She said students are able to work on their homework right after school during the club’s Power Hour every day after school.
“Some of our members may not have good access to technology at home, and this gives them to opportunity to complete their school work with the resources they need — and immediately after school, which is very important for their success in school.”
Sadie Ebel Swisher, program director, said the technology lab offers students access a popular teen social networking site “My Club-My Life.”
“It’s where they can connect with other club members, learn about certain contests going on through the BGCA, and some really cool games where they can learn to build and manipulate their own video game,” she said. “There is just a ton of super-safe and educational games for the kids to play where they don’t even know they are learning.”
The grant is geared toward safety and prevention programs — specifically cyber safety, Pierceall Herman said.