Computers From Power Authority
Aid Packard Court School Programs
February 14, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NIAGARA FALLS—Schoolchildren participating in
programs at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority’s Packard Court
Community Center have the use of four computers courtesy of the New
York Power Authority (NYPA).
New York State Senator Antoine Thompson requested
the surplus reconditioned computers as part of his literacy push.
“It’s good for the kids to have access to computers
at an early age to help promote reading,” Senator Thompson said. “We
thank the Power Authority for this program.”
“The computers have provided such a boost,”
Khaleelah F. Shareef, the center’s director, said. “The children
love them. They are the first thing they visit once they sign in at
the center. Some of them don’t have computers at home so this
provides important access.”
"The Power Authority is delighted to have
provided these computers for this very worthy purpose," said Horace
Horton, NYPA’s regional manager for Western New York. "The donation
is in line with NYPA's desire to be a good neighbor in the area of
our Niagara Power Project."
The center offers a free Universal Pre-Kindergarten
program through a grant provided by the Niagara Falls Board of
Education and after-school “I Can Read” and homework assistance
programs for students ages 5 through 18.
Photo and Caption
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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