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Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County President/CEO Bill Sadlo and Sheriff Tom Knight pose with students at the brand new computer lab at Newtwon Estates Park.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office donated more than 60 computers to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.
The HP touch-screen computers were seized during investigations into illegal internet gambling cafes throughout Sarasota County and prior to the donation, cleaned by digital forensic technicians. The 63 computers will be placed at the Newtown Estates Park, Lee Wetherington and Gene Matthews campuses, granting students access to technology outside the classroom and further aiding the after-school program in facilitating study and homework sessions.
"We are remarkably proud of our continued partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "By taking electronics seized from criminals to support the outstanding kids who participate in this program, we're setting an example of what it means to truly give back to our community and prepare the next generation for success."
"The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office continues to open the door for our Club members to have greater opportunities to achieve their full potential," said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. "Because of the great work being done at the sheriff's office, the children in our community who need us the most have access to state-of-the-art technology that will help them improve their academics while preparing them to graduate from high school with a plan for their future."