Recently, members of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack/Fraser visited the Central Elementary Community School to announce that the club was contributing ten refurbished computers to the Gateway for Families computer lab.
"Access to reliable, up-to-date computer technology has become increasingly important in classroom education and daily life," said Chilliwack Fraser Rotary president Linda Rook. "Our club has consistently supported service projects that foster community development and support young people in Chilliwack. Donating these computers for use by students, and the community-at-large, is just another example of this," Rook explained.
The generous donation was facilitated following a conversation Rook had with Chilliwack Community Services' Family Literacy Programs coordinator Laura Watson. It was made known the current computer lab was several years old and the equipment often didn't function properly for the many students who needed to use it.
Once the used computers were secured, Steve Czeck of Empyrion Technologies, a Chilliwack-based and Rotarian owned business, stepped up to install new software on the computers.
"When President Linda announced that the Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club was donating up to ten computers with monitors and keyboards, I was a little overwhelmed at first," Watson said. "It’s not only our Family Literacy students who will benefit from the Rotary Club’s generosity. Gateway for Families (where the computers will be located) offers a variety of programming, for children ages 0-6 and their families, including free use of the computer lab. This donation will make an immediate and substantial difference to support the learning needs of not only our students, but the entire community."
Together with Mitchell Nosko, director of membership for the Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club, and Larry McClure, chairperson of the club’s community service projects committee, Rook delivered the computers to the Gateway for Families computer lab on behalf of the club.
Rotary service projects are often guided by Rotary International's Areas of Focus which are promoting peace, preventing disease, protecting women and children, providing clean water, supporting education, and growing local economies.
The Rotary Club of Chilliwack/Fraser meets every Wednesday at 12:00pm in the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn. Visitors are always welcome.