Assemblyman Karim Camara Announces Initiative to Expand Technology in Underserved Schools

February 8, 2011
Brooklyn – On Thursday, February 10th New York State Assemblyman Karim Camara of the (Brooklyn-43rd), will present a check in the amount of $25,000 to Medgar Evers College Preparatory School for expanding computer technology and technological upgrades. This award is part of an overall campaign that Assemblyman Camara embarked upon to improve technological capacity in schools to reduce the digital divide that still persists.

Assemblyman Camara was successful in securing $250,000 in state funding to be disbursed among the schools within the 43rd Assembly District. This funding, explicitly for the purpose of technology improvements, will ensure that the children of the 43rd District are as prepared as possible for a global world where technological competence is a required skill.

Camara who sits on the Assembly Education Committee said “The appropriation of this funding is to demonstrate my commitment to help children achieve their full potential through the use of technology in education and to ensure that children of this district are as prepared as possible for the global competitive markets to which they will be entering. It is increasingly clear that having access to technology in our school system is essential to opportunity and prosperity in the global economy. And developing the individual student through education is our best hope for developing and helping revitalizing long-neglected communities.

Assemblyman Camara chose Medgar Evers Preparatory because under the visionary leadership of Principal Dr. Michael A. Wiltshire the students have excelled at tremendous rates, it was cited by the Daily News as “one of the best in Brooklyn” in 2007 and 2008 . Further, the school uses a collaborative agreement between the High School and Medgar Evers College of the City of New York to allow its students to take college courses for credit, the programs aim is to allow students to achieve an Associates Degree while enrolled in High School. Its approach to education is so innovative that Medgar Evers Preparatory was cited by President Obama in his 2009 speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People where Obama called their approach to education innovative and lauded the collaborative partnership.

Who: Assemblyman Karim Camara, Dr. Michael A. Wiltshire, Principal, Assistant Principal Yvonne Adonai and Medgar Evers College Preparatory School students’.

What: New York State Assemblyman Karim Camara of the 43rd AD, will present a check in the amount of $25,000 to Medgar Evers College Preparatory School for computer technology and classroom upgrades as part of his overall $250,000 grant to public schools in the 43rd District.

When: Thursday, February 10th, 2011 from 10:00am

Where: Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, 1186 Carroll Street, Brooklyn New York, 11225 Principal’s Conference Room - 718-703-5400