Lessons to learn

AT&T makes donation of $5,000 to Boys and Girls club

AT&T’s new slogan: “Rethink Possible” hit home for the Eagleton Boys and Girls Club.

The corporation contributed $5,000 to the club’s Project Learn program. The grant will provide supplies and curriculum for the more than 75 children, ages 5-18, who attend the after-school program.

“Project Learn is a strategy where there is an educational value built into the program while kids are having fun,” said Michelle Davis, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Blount County.

She said kids sit in desks all day so the club reinforces learning through recreation, such as practicing multiplication while playing pool. She said funds are also used to purchase supplies for not only club programs but also for participating kids’ homework projects.

“When a kid needs poster board to complete their projects, we can provide those materials,” Davis said. The director said many times kids don’t complete their homework because they do not have needed supplies at home.

The Eagleton club accepted the check from AT&T during a ceremony on Aug. 30.

In a press release, State Senator Doug Overbey said, “The Eagleton Boys and Girls Club has been a vital member of our community, and it has helped improve the lives of countless children in the Maryville area.”

The Eagleton chapter was one of 21 Boys and Girls Clubs to receive funds in Tennessee. According to Chris Walker, AT&T public affairs, the corporation contributed $105,000 to the clubs for Project Learn.

State Representative Bob Ramsey said, “Project Learn is a fantastic program that helps young people improve their reading skills as well as give them help for homework and other assignments.”

For more information on the Eagleton Boys and Girls Club, visit their website: www.bgctv.org.

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