June 13, 2013 – Private gaming contractor Northstar Lottery Group announced the opening of a seventh Illinois “After-School Advantage learning lab” in a press release Wednesday.
The learning lab, in the Paris Cooperative High School in Paris, Ill., features 10 new Dell computers, a new laser printer, and educational software. Northstar employees volunteered their time to install the equipment.
“At Northstar, we believe in making meaningful contributions to the people of Illinois,” said Northstar president and CEO Marco Tasso,
“The computers and software we provided to Paris Cooperative High School will help the students…embrace advances in technology,” Tasso said.
He called the software installed on the computers “some of the best educational programs that these students will greatly benefit from.”
Paris is a town about 170 miles south of Chicago, and the technology in its high school was woefully outdated. Some of the computers Northstar replaced were more than a decade old.
Sen. Chapin Rose, who represents the 51st district of Illinois, where Paris is located, said that “downstate schools have sometimes been at a real disadvantage when it comes to technology.”
“I greatly appreciate [Northstar] for helping to bridge the digital divide,” Rose said.
“I’m thrilled for our students to have access to state-of-the-art computer systems during our after school program and we cannot thank Northstar enough for providing this type of technology,” said Mark Cox, director of the Alternative Education Program
Northstar has opened a total of seven after-school labs since it won a contract to operate the Illinois Lottery in 2011. All of the labs operate year round.