Ray Allen and Ray of Hope Foundation Unveil New Computer Lab at Fred D. Wish Museum School

Ray Allen and Ray of Hope Foundation Unveil New Computer Lab at Museum Academy at Wish School

NBA superstar Ray Allen joined students at the Museum Academy at Wish School on July 31st 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 sixth donation of its kind by the organization and the third to a Hartford Public School.

The computer lab, located in Room 206 at the school on 350 Barbour St., includes 29 new computers, monitors and a Smartboard. 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.”

Mr. Allen, a former UConn Huskie, began his visit by addressing the students attending summer school at Wish in a classroom, 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 20 of the 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. He was joined by Hartford Schools Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto, Principal Lorraine White, his wife, Shannon, and his four children, Walter III, 8; Walker, 6; Wynn, 4; and Wystan 1.

“I am so excited to welcome Mr. Allen once again to Hartford,, one of the most improved districts in the nation, where students work hard, study hard and want to go to college,” Dr. Kishimoto said. “For him to be here today with his family sets an example of a great role model for our children.”

The Museum Academy at Wish School is a PK-8 academy, where students at each grade level participate in several museum excursions during the course of the school year. These visits form the base of ongoing student work: they research, write, and analyze various points of view, solve problems, and engage in collaborative decision-making as they create their own museum exhibits relating to various curriculum content areas. This approach to learning enables students to develop critical-thinking, problem solving and skills needed for success in high school and college.

“The Ray of Hope Lab will help us to build a strong foundation for every child and support our goal to develop critical thinkers and independent learners,” Principal White said. “Our children will be able to make connections to the world and their own lives.  What a great investment!”

Ray Allen with Dr. Kishimoto, Principal Lorraine White, and Associate Principal Kesha Rhyan

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 John C. Clark Jr. Elementary and Middle School and to the McDonough Expeditionary Learning School.

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