St. Bonaventure University donates 30 computers to Freeport Primary School
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama-Freeport Primary School students will now have the use of 30 computers, which were donated to the school by St. Bonaventure University.
The computer lab was formally opened during a special assembly yesterday.
St. Bonaventure University professor Dr. Todd Palmer said the school has been working in Grand Bahama for seven years and it has sent student teachers to train at local schools.
“Because of the work we’ve done in the schools, we got to know some of the unique problems and challenges facing Grand Bahamian schools,”he said.
St. Bonaventure came up with the idea of installing 100 computers in primary schools across the island. The goal is to eventually have a working computer lab in every primary school on Grand Bahama.
To achieve this goal, Dr. Palmer said they solicited help from American corporations.
“These are computers that are good computers but that they decided to get rid of. So between those corporations and their donations, and such companies as Tropical Shipping, we managed to not only get the computers for free but the shipping was donated also,”he explained.
The student coordinator of the project, called Operation Boot Up, Aggarwal explained that last year he worked on setting up a lab at Martin Town Primary School as a pilot.
After that venture was successful, and with Freeport Primary’s Lab being set up now, Aggarwal said the next step is to extend the project to several other GB schools.
“This week we’re going to be installing here, finishing up, cleaning things up, and we’ll be heading off to the other schools next week, doing the installing. We hope to have everything completed by next Thursday,”he said.
School Principal Barbara Thompson said the computers are needed.
“It is a tremendous help to us because I think having computers can really enhance what the teachers are doing in the classroom,”she said.
In addition to providing the computers, she also noted that the St. Bonaventure students also donated books.
“These are books that were two years old that were used in New York but they are still in good condition,”Thompson said.
In her address, she expressed gratitude for the donation on behalf of the students and teachers.
Minister of Education Desmond Bannister also commended the university.
“St. Bonaventure has been very good to Grand Bahama and particularly to Freeport Primary School. They’ve worked with our local schools in providing lessons for the boys and girls. They’ve established a student teacher program. They’ve constructed and refurbished buildings and they’ve held sports clinics for some of our boys and girls at the Beacon School. And that is only a small part of what they have done,”he said.