Thanks to the Vicksburg Post, and its donation of a 10 iMac computer lab, Xceler8 is gearing up for a high-powered second year.
"We are so thankful for the generosity of The Vicksburg Post", said Captain Ke'olani Lyons, Vicksburg, MS Corps Officer. "I wish I could say that this is an important addition to this program for The Salvation Army, but it's not. It's an important opportunity for the children who come to tutorial."
Whether it is basic skills or advanced projects, youth come to The Salvation Army each week of the school year for much needed eduational assistance.
"We believe every child deserves a chance to succeed in today's society," said Captain Patrick Lyons. "Every child has the right to read and write and to gain knowledge. We are determined to see the kids of our community succeed and excel."
With the blessing of the computer lab has come a new expense. Capt. Patrick Lyons explains: "We need educational software, networking equipment, and money to upgrade the operating systems of the computers. Now that we have received these great computers, we want to make sure that we implement the lab in such a way that our youth can maximize its full potential from day one."
But plans for using the lab don't end with youth. The Salvation Army is placing the final touches on a Senior Citizens club called SAINTS! ALIVE where seniors will also be given the opportunity to use the new computer lab.
If you would like to help area youth through the Xceler8 program, please call 601-636-2706 or email Capt. Lyons and express your interest. Multiple volunteer opportunities are available.
How You Can Help
Xceler8 needs volunteers to tutor, mentor, and assist with the following electives:
We are also in need of networking equpment for the new computer lab, and software. We are also looking for an individual, business, or organizations to donate the cost of the internet throughout the year.
WE ARE ALSO TAKING DONATIONS OF BRASS INSTRUMENTS!
For these and other ways to help us battle ignorance in our community, please call The Salvation Army at 601-636-2706.
The Salvation Army requires a thorough background check and thorough training before you can work with children.