By Mike Barresi
1998, Harcourt General donated $1.5 million and the Putnam Senior
Executive Fund donated $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs
of Boston to “achieve a level of comfort with technology,” Whitlock
said that collaborating with partners has aided the development
of the club. “MIT and the Media Lab have developed software
for use by professionals throughout the world,” she said.
And they have “software and other technological peripherals
usable for children, especially poor children.”
work with community partners paid off in 2001 when the Charlestown
club began major renovations. These were the first major changes
the club had witnessed since 1917, when a second floor was added
to the original building.
and state businesses as well as private donations funded the
$5.3 million project.
in large part by a $1 million donation by the company whose name
adorns the new building, Keane, Inc., and $450, 000 from the
Kresge Foundation, the Keane Children’s Center is equipped
for the 21st century.
months after the project began, a grand re-opening was held on
September 15, 2003.
the computer clubhouse