Ray Allen and Ray of Hope Foundation Unveil New Computer Lab at America’s Choice at SAND School (2)

Ray Allen and Ray of Hope Foundation Unveil New Computer Lab at America's Choice at SAND School

Ray Allen introduces the students to their new computer lab.

NBA superstar Ray Allen joined students at the America's Choice at SAND School on September 23rd for the grand opening of the school’s new state of the art computer lab. The lab, completely subsidized by Mr. Allen’s Ray of Hope Foundation, marks the seventh donation of its kind by the organization and the fourth to a Hartford Public School. Previous donations were made to the Fred D. Wish Museum School, McDonough Expeditionary Learning School, and to the Clark School.

The lab includes 26 desktop computers and a 52inch flat screen monitor.  The room itself was completely refurbished, repainted and decorated with Ray Allen themed wall graphics.

“I believe that the investment in a new computer lab at the Museum Academy at Wish School will provide significant improvement to the quality of students' and teachers' lives,” Mr. Allen said. “I care deeply about this community and am excited for the students and teachers to be able to use this new equipment to further expand their class room experiences.”

Dr. Donald Slater, Chief Operating Officer of Hartford Public Schools works with the SANDs students.

Mr. Allen, a former UConn Huskie, began his visit by addressing the students where he spoke about his journey from childhood to the NBA and the value of studying hard and going to college. He emphasized the merits of constant practice and staying focused to be successful at anything.

After his talk, Mr. Allen led students to the new lab where he walked them through an online scavenger hunt to demonstrate how much new knowledge can be acquired by just spending a few minutes each day on the computer.

America’s Choice at SAND School requires a community of active learners, where everyone is expected to interact collaboratively as well as think independently. As citizens of the SAND community, we collaborate with parents and community organizations to develop and implement educational programs ensuring academic and social excellence for all.  The school's vision is to create an educational environment that is child-centered and supported by the entire school community, so that we can work collaboratively to ensure that all students develop both academically and socially.

Established by Mr. Allen in 1997, The Ray of Hope Foundation assists with sports related and community based programs and provides avenues of opportunity through which our youth can “hope” to realize their full potential. The Ray of Hope Foundation has helped charitable organizations in several parts of the country fulfill their mission of assisting children in need. From providing children in low-income areas with safe and productive activities, to helping young students build greater self-esteem; the foundation is focused on continuing its positive work and becoming a constructive force in the Northeast. Last year, the foundation donated a comparable computer lab to Hartford’s Fred D. Wish Museum School,  John C. Clark Jr. Elementary and Middle School, and to the McDonough Expeditionary Learning School.

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