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Local foundation installs computers at Boys & Girls Club facility

FINAL TOUCHES — Educational Technology Foundation President Renee Cerullo completes computer installation, at the Springville Boys & Girls Club.
GETTING WIRED — Mark Matin, an Educational Technology Foundation volunteer, works on wiring the Springville Boys & Girls Club, for the computer system.
SPRINGVILLE — The Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York recently completed the wiring, installing and networking of 11 computers at the Boys & Girls Club of Springville.

A group of information technology specialists spent the day installing the equipment at the club’s new facility on Maple Avenue in Springville.

The foundation also donated three computers, a networked laser printer and Wi-Fi access points, to the club. “The group was just tremendous,” said Club Director Mike Basehart. “They came in and got right to work, wiring the club, installing, computers and networking with the server.

“This is a huge step in completing our facility and will offer the youth access to a large variety of computer programs and services, at the club,” he added. “It also saved the club thousands of dollars through donated materials, computers and manpower.”

The club was connected with the Educational Technology Foundation through Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Chief Executive Officer Nils Gunnersen.

Basehart contacted George Condoyannis of the Catholic Health System, who is a member of the Educational Technology Foundation Board. Condoyannis coordinated the work and recruited volunteers for the day. Educational Technology Foundation Board President Renee Cerullo (president of R-L Computing), Mark Matin (Catholic Health System) and Scott Smolen (Catholic Health System) also helped complete the work.

The Educational Technology Foundation is made up of volunteers with a stated goal of providing young people with access to computer technology. The foundation sets up and installs or configures networks, computers, smart boards, servers and other types of technology, for community centers, schools or non-profits.

Since its inception in 2003, The Educational Technology Foundation has assisted young people at more than 90 schools, organizations and community centers, in the WNY area.

“Computer technology is essential to education today as blackboard and chalk was, 100 years ago,” said Doug Torre, founder of Educational Technology Day. “This is a great way for IT professionals to give back to the community in a very meaningful way.”

The Boys & Girls Club’s Maple Avenue building is scheduled to open Jan. 2 and will provide a full-time youth facility to serve all school-aged students in the community.

The club is still seeking companies or individuals to sponsor other rooms at the facility. The Springville-Griffith Community Education foundation is sponsoring the Learning Center Room and Cheap Chollies is sponsoring the club kitchen.

Those interested in sponsoring a room may contact Basehart at 628-1994. To donate toward the final phases of this project, call 829-9785.

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