Boys & Girls Club of Dane County receives bike donation, internet access grant

MADISON, Wis. — The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County has received two donations to help it with its mission: 20 bikes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences and a $20,000 grant to help connect students to the internet.

The bikes, which faculty and staff from the UW department assembled Friday, will be used as gifts for the club’s Christmas drive.

“We thought it was a good thing for the greater Madison community, so our department’s donating them to them for Christmas,” UW agriculture professor Laura Hernandez said. “We’re really excited to be able to do that too as part of community building.”

The grant awarded by the AT&T Foundation, meanwhile, will support the organization’s after-school programs by funding access to high-speed internet, digital literacy resources, and computer programs useful for a variety of academic purposes.

“Our mission is to provide hope and opportunity for all the young people we serve, especially those who need us most,” Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County, said. “We know many of our youth face challenges having the digital resources they need to be successful in school. With this grant from the AT&T Foundation, we are excited to provide support to our youth who face digital divide barriers to academic success.”

As part of their work to support the local youth population, the Boys & Girls Club provides devices and internet access for free to students in need, helping them finish online school assignments with fewer barriers.

A spokesperson with The AT&T Foundation said the grant was part of the group’s efforts to connect more Americans to the internet while bridging the digital divide in the process.