The computer lab at the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Shore recently underwent a major transformation due to a generous grant from the Ed Tech foundation and volunteers from the Evans National Bank and K & H Industries. Volunteers worked over the hot summer to ready the room for the 2012-2013 Club year – approximately 20 flat screen monitors and PC’s were installed.
At the time the Club opened its doors in the fall of 2011, the computer lab consisted of computers and equipment that were generously donated by members in the community. Club Board volunteers pieced together donated computers and monitors in order to create a computer lab for the youth members. The lab, which allows kids to complete their homework, research, and to play online educational games, is very popular at the Club.
“The addition of ten computers was a much needed and appreciated addition to our Club. The Club is growing everyday which means there are more members that need the computers to complete their assignments. The members also enjoy being able to do research, surfing the internet, and playing games online. The computer lab is always full everyday the Club is open,” said Unit Director, Andrea Sunday.
To date the Club has served over 300 youth in the Evans-Brant communities and has approximately 160 active members. The Club has an average daily attendance of 70-100 members. That is 70-100 children daily that are in a safe place that offers educational and life enhancing programs. The Boys and Girls Club is a “Positive Place for Kids” and a much needed addition to the local community.
“The generosity from the surrounding community has been overwhelming” Ms. Sunday said. “Whether it is a cash donation; donations of art supplies, board games and video games, donating the materials to build our new carpetball table (Sam’s Lumber Co.), or supporting one of our fundraising events, the members of this community have come together to help build a place where kids can come to be great. I am proud to say that I am a citizen of this great town.”
If you would like to donate or be a part of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Shore’s Advisory Council, please contact Andrea Sunday, Unit Director at 716-926-2119.
Day of Technology Volunteers: Evans National Bank- Elizabeth Schanbacher, Michael, Hassett, Pete Tambacas, Jon Sayers, Vlad Tikhiy, Kyle McKeown. K & H Industries- Nhan Nguyen. Boys & Girls Club of Lake Shore: Jason Justinger.