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Two local businessmen are issuing a challenge grant to help purchase new computers for Alice Boblitt’s class at the Nelson County Area Technology Center.
Paul Haydon, president of Armag Corporation, and David Haydon, president of Haydon Holdings, presented a $5,000 check to Boblitt, a computer aided drafting teacher at the tech center, inside her classroom Thursday.
The businessmen said they would like to present this as a challenge to local community members and business owners for matching funds, which would mean Boblitt would receive $10,000, for her classroom.
The computers in Boblitt’s classroom have not been updated in more than 10 years and there are not enough for every student. Students have had to share and rotate computers to get their work done.
David Haydon said he thinks new computers in Boblitt’s classroom would only further Boblitt’s students.
“I see this as a great benefit to the community,” he said.
Boblitt said the grant would tremendously help her students in the long run.
“The knowledge they gain in high school prepares them for post secondary education in ways that propel them above their peers that did not have the same opportunity,” she said.
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