2010-11-04 / Top Stories

New Computer Lab Unveiled At P.S. 279 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

By Neil S. Friedman

(Left) Teacher Denise Jones (far left) helps Class 4-A313 student in P.S. 279’s new computer laboratory. (Above) Councilman Barron and principal (back row, left to right) help students cut ribbon to open computer lab. (Left) Teacher Denise Jones (far left) helps Class 4-A313 student in P.S. 279’s new computer laboratory. (Above) Councilman Barron and principal (back row, left to right) help students cut ribbon to open computer lab. Public School 279 unveiled more than two dozen computers and other technology upgrades at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday.

City Councilman Charles Barron, whose 42nd District includes several local schools, joined Principal Lorenzo Chambers and a handful of fourth graders to cut the ribbon for the East 104th Street elementary school’s new third floor computer lab.

Chambers told the Courier, “I’m grateful to Councilman Barron for donating this equipment for my students. We welcome the technological upgrade, which, in today’s world, is essential for a well-rounded education.”

Funding for the new technology, which is estimated at $150,000, paid for 33 Macintosh computers and seven Smart Boards, a big screen version of the popular tablet-sized I-pads, came from Barron’s discretionary fund that each councilman gets annually, in additional to a capital budget for larger projects in their districts. Barron explained that his discretionary funds this year are being used specifically for schools and education programs in his district, which includes a portion of Canarsie.

Photos by Neil S. Friedman       Photos by Neil S. Friedman Barron’s $1.5 million discretionary fund for 2010 has been or will be utilized for open science labs and a recording studio, as well as computer labs similar to the one unveiled at P.S. 279.

Computer lab teacher Denise Jones said she accommodates four to five classes daily and about 300 students — from first to fifth grade pupils — each week.

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