Total donation of $12,250 provided to local Orlando organization
ORLANDO, FL., State, associate, and corporate members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) donated to the Melrose Center at the Orange County Public Library System this September as part of NASCIO’s Give Back program. Funds for the local organization were raised leading up to and during NASCIO’s 2016 Annual Conference held in Orlando. In addition to funds raised from individual attendees, the CompTIA SLED Council gave a kickoff gift of $5,000 and NASCIO contributed and additional $5,000 – providing a grand total donation of $12,250 to the local organization.
Donations made through the NASCIO Give Back program will help offset the cost of supplies, such as circuitry and materials for 3-D printing, that are used in camps and classes to allow kids to take their projects home and keep learning. The Melrose Center offers classes that introduce youth to circuitry and robotics, 3-D printing and design, and coding; all of which are offered at no or extremely low cost, which means the Melrose Center makes technology education and training accessible and affordable for all kids in Orange County.
“The Melrose Center at the Orange County Library System puts technology directly into the hands of Orange County’s children, supporting their experimentation, providing them with hands on opportunities to experiment, create and innovate to eventually become our community’s future tech gurus,” said Mary Ann Hodel, Library Director and CEO. “Thanks to NASCIO’s generous give back donation, we will be able to provide the components, materials and supplies to children at all family income levels. Orange County Library System is extremely grateful to NASCIO’s members for their strong and generous support for our emerging innovators.”
To learn more about the Melrose Center, visit http://tic.ocls.info/.