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Best Buy grant will aid Club Tech Center

A $10,000 grant from Best Buy will go toward the installation of a new Technology Center at the Boys & Girls Club in Waynesboro.

The grant, through Best Buy’s At 15 program, which is focused on community programs aimed at teens and adolescents, is the second in as many years to go to the Club from Best Buy, said Chris Ashby, the director of logistics at Best Buy in Staunton.

“We feel very, very fortunate that we’re able to work with the Boys & Girls Club again this year and provide them with funding,” Ashby said.

Joe Pittman headed up the review committee at the local Best Buy distribution center. He said the committee was focused this year on working with programs “that directly help the youth and try to tie the youth to technology.”

“Technology is a bigger part of children’s lives today. To have this program available for local area youth is hopefully going to have a big impact,” Pittman said.

Club Executive Director Ty McElroy said the money will go toward the purchase of new computers and related equipment for the Technology Center at the Club.

“Hopefully the products that we purchase will last several years into the future,” McElroy said.

More on the Boys & Girls Club at www.AugustaBGClub.org.