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Bentley Partnership with Waltham Schools Grows with Recent Computer Donation

September 12, 2006

Building upon a long-standing relationship with the Waltham Public School System, Bentley College donated 75 Pentium 4 GX 270 computers for use by Waltham High School students. The donation was facilitated by the Bentley Service-Learning Center (BSLC).

"We have a goal to upgrade the technology in the classrooms at the high school, and this donation is helping us work toward that goal," says Sandra Roby, director of educational technology and library media for Waltham Public Schools.

Twelve computers will be used to create a MIDI lab with audio workstations for the high school music program, giving students the tools to work on projects such as composing music, and helping the school standardize the lab. Additional computers will be placed in classrooms as interactive teaching tools for both the teacher and students.

The donation underscores the ongoing positive relationship between Bentley and Waltham public schools. In 2002, BSLC partnered with the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School to open a computer lab. BSLC students also established a second lab at the Whittemore Elementary School, and in 2003, the center built a third lab at the Fitzgerald Elementary School.

"Our relationship with the school system benefits both the City of Waltham and Bentley," says Franklyn Salimbene, BSLC director. "Waltham provides a significant opportunity for service-learning students to grow academically and personally."

Salimbene points to additional programs in the Waltham schools that allow BSLC students to provide a community service while gaining first-hand experience:

  • America Clicks is a one-on-one computer tutoring program that works to develop an interest and competency in technology in fourth and fifth grade elementary school students.
  • America Reads is a semester-long program that coaches elementary school students in their quest to read and better comprehend literature.
  • The MacArthur After-School Math Program provides math assistance to students who need extra help in order to improve their math skills.


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