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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Education Foundation donates Chromebooks to MLK Center

A stack of Chromebooks at the MLK Center

The Education Foundation, Inc. of Caldwell County recently donated 10, brand new Chromebooks to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

Education Foundation Director and City Councilman Ben Willis delivered the Chromebooks to the MLK Center Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The donation comes at a good time for the center. Currently, only four people can use the MLK computer lab at one time due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Chromebooks are wireless, can be used in other areas, and will allow more people to get online at the center.

"We really appreciate the donation," said MLK Center Manager Lester Whittington. "The Education Foundation helped us set up the original computer lab years ago, and these Chromebooks will be a great addition to what we can offer the community."

The Chromebooks were funded with a Google grant.

"Google helped do this and they are great community partners. On behalf of the Education Foundation board of directors and staff we would like to thank Google for allowing the foundation to help provide this opportunity to the MLK Center and the Freedman community," Willis said. "With the Chromebooks, kids will be able to get online or do some homework while they're watching their brother or sister play a game here at the center. Or, maybe someone would just rather get online outside in the fresh air.  This allows the MLK Center to not only be a destination for recreation but also continue to be a place where kids and adults can learn, do job searches, and so much more. ”

Visitors must check out the Chromebooks from the main office.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center covers almost 10 acres and provides indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities including lighted baseball/softball fields (lighted), indoor and outdoor basketball courts, club room, game room, lounge, kitchen, computer lab, exercise room, gymnasium, playground, lighted shuffleboard courts, social hall, lighted tennis courts, and a weight room.

For more information about the Education Foundation, Inc. of Caldwell County, visit caldwelleducationfoundation.com.

Ben Wills presents Chromebooks to MLK Director Lester Whittington

City staff check out new Chromebooks donated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center by the Education Foundation, Inc. of Caldwell County. Pictured from left, Parks and Recreation Director Kenny Story, Education Foundation Director and City Councilman Ben Willis, MLK Center Manager Lester Whittington, and City Manager Scott Hildebran.

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