Thousands of Children in Buffalo Get Plugged into Technology

August 16, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 3:15 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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August 16, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 3:15 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- More children across the Queen City will be plugged into technology with the help of the Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York.

"Ed Tech Foundation goes into schools and non-profit organizations once a year and we upgrade and replace computers, servers and technology arena," Vice President of the Educational Technological Foundation of Western New York Renee Cerullo said.

It's all part of their Ed Tech Day. More than 100 volunteers went to 15 sites across the city including the Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo and Our Lady of Black Rock Catholic School to update their equipment.

"We rely heavily on companies refurbishing their computers. We also rely on donations to allow us to go out and buy the technology we need as well," Cerullo said.

The children will have direct use of the computers within some organizations. Other groups are using the technology to help kids indirectly.

At the Boys and Girls Club, Diane Rowe said they are installing computers in the administrative offices to improve the entire program overall.

"Just knowing things such as member tracking and ordering of supplies and everything we do effects how we deliver services to the children and families we serve," Rowe said.

In one day, Cerullo said thousands of children will be online and plugged in to technology

"We've estimated that 10,000 kids will be effected by what we do today in eight hours. It will be a big aspect of furthering their education and job opportunities down the line," Cerullo said.