Community center given a donation of laptops

BUCKHANNON — Through a partnership with Suddenlink, the City of Buckhannon has been rewarded with technology upgrades to Stockert Youth and Community Center and Jawbone Park.

Suddenlink representatives donated 10 laptops to the organizationss after-school program and announced a special internet rate for households that have children in the county’s school system.

Debora Brockleman, SYCC’s director, said the laptops were needed to increase educational opportunities for children.

“We have a small computer lab and we have several newer computers that we got through a grant from Weyerhaeuser last year, but with having over 60 kids a day … you’d have to take turns and sometimes you may not have enough time,” she said.

By offering the additional 10 laptops, Brockleman said the kids will have more opportunities to be online for educational purposes and homework help.

With the portal component of the laptops, kids can now use the laptops in the library, computer lab and tutoring lab, she added.

“It’ll just help so much with what we do with our after-school program … to be able to have internet access while they’re here,” Brockleman said. “And a lot of kids already do their homework while they’re here, which is a big help to the parents.”

Suddenlink also announced the company will provide a connection from the Main Street sound system to Jawbone Park, so that live music at the park’s stage can be heard downtown during Festival Fridays and other events.