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