There was excitement in the air at the Border Partners’ Education Center Grand Re-Opening on October 8. And there was very good reason to be excited! Not only was the Education Center re-opening officially after being closed because of COVID for more than two years, there were 20 brand new computers, with internet, ready for people from the community to use.
The new computers were a gift from the Diaz family and their business, New Mexico Chile Products. The donation honors their brother, Eddy, who died recently. Art Holguin said this about his brother-in-law: “Eddie was a religious, caring individual who put God and faith first in his life. He did not care for titles, awards or special recognition and, as I am writing this, he’s telling me to stop talking about him and explain why this computer lab is so important.”
Juan Lares, the Director of the Education Center, spoke about the wide range of opportunities that await the visitor to the Center. Students will be able to do research for school projects. Others will be able to access online, post-secondary classes from schools not located in Palomas. People without the internet in their homes will be able to communicate with friends outside the village. Some will take classes that will be offered on a variety of topics ranging from introductory to more advanced levels.
The Mayor of the Village of Palomas, Josè Adame Sanchez, and many representatives from local schools and the public library attended the event. They were eager to learn about the opportunities that the Center will offer their students.
We are so very grateful to the Diaz family for their generous donation. These computers will offer high quality learning experiences for Palomas children and adults for many years to come.
Israel Lozano Magdaleno, the Principal of the Ford Primary School, was interested in one of the drawing programs that the new computers include.
Enjoy other images from the day in this slideshow (photo credit: Polly Edmunds). Click through to Flickr to see names and captions.