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Jun 18, 2013 11:44 AM

Boys and Girls Club celebrates technology center openings

Cox Communications is unveiling two new technology centers at Boys & Girls Clubs in Abbeville and Lafayette Tuesday. Cox and the Boys & Girls Club will host ribbon cuttings in partnership with local chambers of commerce to celebrate the openings.

Members of the Abbeville and Lafayette City Councils, as well as leadership of the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, have been invited to attend ribbon cuttings in their respective areas. Boys & Girls Club staff, board members and Club kids will also be in attendance and refreshments will be served.

Abbeville Boys & Girls Club
301 AA Comeaux Memorial Drive
10:00 AM

Lafayette's Jackie Club
1000 Marie Antoinette
3:30 PM

"The Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana play such a vital role in our communities. Throughout the school year and during the summer, these clubs are safe and educational environments for our youth where they can spend time with other youth and with caring adults who enrich their lives and help build their character. Cox is very proud to have this long-term partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana. We are pleased to help Clubs achieve their goal of exposing children to the latest technology and to help children continue to learn and grow even when they're not in the classroom," said Julie Simon-Dronet, Executive Director of Operations for Cox in Acadiana.

Boys & Girls Club Technology Centers consist of state of the art computer equipment, including desktops, monitors, laptops, printers, docking stations, wireless routers, wireless cards, and proprietary Microsoft and Club Tech software. In addition, Cox provides free high-speed Internet to Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana and nationwide within the Cox footprint.

"Our partnership with Cox Communications is important in today's society, where a child's success in life may be determined by exposure to technology. The computers and other assistance by Cox provide a means for Boys & Girls Clubs to close the technological achievement gap for many disadvantaged youth. We greatly value that partnership," said Chris Martin, Chief Professional Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana.

The technology centers are the centerpiece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Club Tech program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. They also help bridge the gap for kids who have no access to a cell phone, computer or an Internet connection at home. The children can use the Tech Center computers to communicate with teachers, check grades, complete assignments and even print school reports.

This is the fourth Cox Technology Center Cox has donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana since 2008. The 2013 donation is part of a $300,000 grant Cox Communications and the Cox Foundation provided for new technology centers located at 12 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.

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