Posted on: March 30, 2017

Taylor receives iPad donations for after school program

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The Taylor Public Library is the recipient of a grant for iPads for an After School Advantage computer lab thanks to International Game Technology (IGT).

A special dedication ceremony celebrating the new lab’s grand opening will take place April 1, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the Taylor Public Library with special guests, Rep. Larry Gonzales and representatives from IGT.

The IGT After School Advantage program provides educational opportunities to local children by donating brand new, high-tech computers, printers, software, furniture, and volunteer hours to non-profit organizations that sponsor after-school programs in jurisdictions where IGT has offices worldwide, including Texas.

"I appreciate the great people of IGT stepping up and making this wonderful contribution to our Taylor Community,” said Gonzales. “This gift will offer so many educational and learning opportunities to those who visit the Taylor Public library."

As part of the donation, Taylor Public Library received 20 iPads and a charging station. This donation will allow students of the Library’s after school program access to educational and informational programs that were before limited due to the number of computers available to students. This is the 12th IGT After School Advantage computer lab installed in Texas.

“I want to express my gratitude to Rep. Gonzales for his work to secure the grant that brought this technology to our Library,” said Jesse Ancira, Jr., Mayor of Taylor. “The true beneficiaries are the youth of Taylor, who will have access to advanced computers and technology to enhance their knowledge and skills in the realm of robotics, science and engineering. The City Council and I are sincerely grateful for the support of those who seek to make Taylor a better place for everyone.”

The Taylor Public Library is the 289th IGT After School Advantage computer lab that IGT has built since the global program began in 1999. The IGT After School Advantage program aims to narrow the “digital divide” between affluent individuals and minorities, low-income households, and single parent families, to grant more children and teens access to computers and other educational opportunities.

The public is invited to attend the lab’s grand opening and dedication.

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