A Dawson Youth Center receives thousands of dollars in grant money to buy technology for their students.
Earlier this month Positive Direction Youth Center was awarded $4,700 from the Sumter EMC Foundation and $3,000 dollars from the Dollar General to purchase technology equipment for their after-school program.
The director purchased Elmos and I-pads for students at their three locations in Dawson and Bronwood.
"Having extra Ipads and the Elmos, it just excites the kids and they want to come. They don't want to leave and they love the technology," said Dorothy Tomlin, Director and Founder.
"We believe that community involvement is one of the big things that we need to do and our members that participate in the Roundup program that's what that money is for," said Richard O'Hearm, Sumter EMC Energy Rep
Students are using the technology for the first time this week in celebration of " National Lights on After School Alliance" week.