Teel Plastics has purchased and installed more than $9,000 in new technology for the Baraboo Boys & Girls Club.
Children and leaders from Teel Plastics, the Boys & Girls Club and the community gathered Wednesday at the Baraboo Civic Center for a grand reopening of the Teel Technology Center. They gave brief remarks and held a ribbon cutting ceremony, while the kids enjoyed the new computer equipment.
“Technology is now and will continue to be integral to the way people interact and work,” said Brynna London, Teel Plastics co-owner and sales specialist. “Being able to support the availability of the latest technology to children at the Boys & Girls Club is a great way to share the same innovative thinking we encourage at Teel with the community.”
The new technology includes computers, monitors, headphones, improved Wi-Fi, security systems and office chairs. Boys & Girls Club leaders said kids can use the tech center for fun or educational computer programs like Stride, which is designed to improve math and reading skills.
Teel created the Boys & Girls Club tech center in 2015. Organization leaders said it has been used by nearly 500 Boys & Girls Club members, who have participated in more than 700 programs.
“Over the course of several years, we have had a great relationship with Teel,” said Karen DeSanto, Boys & Girls Clubs of West-Central Wisconsin executive director. “They recognize the need for technology for our kids. If they’re going to be great workers — awesome scientists, engineers and whatever else they’re going to be — they’re going to need new technology to make that happen.”
Each day after school and during the summer, Boys & Girls Club members have the opportunity to learn, grow and give back to the community through programs that focus on academic success, healthy habits and lifestyles and good character and citizenship.
The local organization is one of three sites for the Boys & Girls Clubs of West-Central Wisconsin, which is a youth organization that serves more than 800 kids each year in Tomah, Reedsburg and Baraboo. The group’s mission is to enable all young people — especially those in need — to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
“We all have a vested interest in helping us to help our kids succeed,” DeSanto said.