Optimum West - Cheyenne, WY - Mayor Rick Kaysen, State Representative Pete Illoway and Representatives of Optimum's Power to Learn Partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne to Teach Children About Internet Safety
October 3, 2011
Monday, October 3 - Mayor Rick Kaysen, State Representative Pete Illoway and Representatives of Optimum's Power to Learn were on hand to help introduce Power to Learn's Delete Cyberbullying initiative to children at the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne. Optimum's VP of Education Trent Anderson presented a slide show presentation based on the initiative after which he donated $5,000 on behalf of Power to Learn to the Club to help combat cyberbullying and teach overall Internet Safety. A raffle was also held and 5 lucky children won iPod Touches, while all kids walked away with other branded premiums like t-shirts and backpacks. Power to Learn also donated a LEGO Mindstorms NXT interactive game that combines the versatility of the LEGO building system with a microcomputer brick and intuitive programming software, making it easy to construct robots that see, speak, feel, and move. When the program finished, children were encouraged to sign a pledge stating they will do their part to Delete Cyberbullying.
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"I'd like to thank Optimum for bringing its nationally-recognized educational initiative, Power to Learn, to Wyoming. We must empower our students across our state with the skills to use these advances safely and appropriately. Educational programs, such as these, will help not only our children, but also our schools and parents in guiding students," said State Representative Illoway.
"We are pleased that through Power to Learn, students and schools in our area will have access to advanced technology, as well as the information and abilities to capitalize on the powerful advantages it provides. Students today live in a world in which new technologies emerge regularly and where expression through these tools is the norm. It's vital that we teach our children how to navigate this new world responsibly," said Mayor Kaysen.
"Partnering with Power to Learn will bring these important programs to Cheyenne students. In today's world, knowing how to use technology thoughtfully and proficiently along with reading, writing and arithmetic is important, and we want to help set our students up for success," said Rolinda Sample, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne.