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Crossroads Center for Children receives grant to upgrade technology amid pandemic

Emily De Vito
Updated: April 30, 2020 02:49 PM
Created: April 30, 2020 12:10 PM

ROTTERDAM – A nonprofit school that mainly serves children with developmental special needs is thankful after receiving a grant from a credit union. The money will be used for some much needed technology upgrades.

Crossroads Center for Children enrolls around 120 students. They have been trying for a while to get money for technology upgrades, and they said when switching to virtual learning it has been tough for students and teachers.

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"Were always behind public schools," said Executive Director Kelly Young. "For example, public schools, it's very easy for them to use Google products and Google Meets to do sessions with their families, but districts get that for free. We don't have that ability to do that."

The school just found out it received a $5,000 grant from Cap Com Federal Credit Union and the Cap Com Cares Foundation. The credit union said it realized the immediate need for the new technology with remote learning becoming the new normal. The center said it desperately needed an online server.

"This is an important way to keep our staff from going insane during this time of having to do Zoom meetings and then individualized lesson plans for everyone in the classroom for parents to give them the support," said Resource Development Specialist Vicki Ramotar.

The nonprofit received money from several others to help kick-start this project including CDPHP and the Rite Aid Foundation. They are also looking at adding computers to the school and installing smart boards they inherited from other school districts. While it is nice to take a step forward with technology, the school is concerned about what the future holds.

"We lost so many revenue streams that got paused or totally stopped and you know we've had to lose a few employees which is really, really horrible," said Ramotar.

MORE INFORMATION: Crossroads Center for Children


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