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  • Fairbury News staff

Grant helps with technology

Jordan and Kam from the Boys and Girls Club talk on a recent Fairbury Newsmakers show.

The Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County has received a grant through Teen Reach to help with distance learning.

With all of the students needing Internet access, especially in Pontiac due to hybrid learning, the club was in need of a more reliable connection. The club’s Kam Sallee says they are able to get fiber optics in Pontiac from the high school which means kids will be able to get on Google Classroom and Zoom without connections dropping out.

“That’s a big thing,” Sallee told members of the Fairbury Rotary during the club’s weekly virtual meeting Tuesday.

The Pontiac center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

At the Fairbury site, the club lacks an online filtering system to ensure kids don’t get on sites they are not supposed to. They are looking into monitoring what the kids are doing on their laptops and this grant should help with that.

“We are really trying to develop Internet safety to really help our kids.”

In other club news, Sallee reported the robotics program is entirely virtual this year and some kids are returning. They can always use volunteers to help with the program.

“We’ll start basically revamping our old robot,” Sallee explained.

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