Boys and Girls Club receives grant for new computer labs

By Beau Ebenezer

October 25, 2013 Updated Oct 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Thursday afternoon, Comcast presented the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria with a $7,000 Foundation Grant.

The money will be used for new computer labs at two different locations.

The club's central building has already opened the first new lab, which incorporates eight brand new lap tops.

More than 100 children will have access to the computers on a daily basis.

"The impact on our children is just tremendous," said Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria CEO, Lesley Matuszak. "As everything moves towards all digital in learning, they can get on and research anything at anytime."

"I think there is still a large percentage of Americans who cannot afford internet," said Comcast Government Affairs Manager Art Svymbersky. "I think we are just trying to bridge that digital divide so those people don't fall behind."

The Boys and Girls Club is also helping promote Comcast's Internet Essentials program to the community.

The program provides low-income families broadband internet service at home for less than $10 per month.

Families can sign up at www.internetessentials.com.

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