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Grant supports homework help center

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Dublin Foundation board members (from left) Michelle Cramer, Gayle Holton and Executive Director Jenn Dring presented Dublin branch library director Michael Blackwell with a grant last week to install Apple computers at the homework help center.

Students who visit the homework help center at the Dublin branch library will have an easier time moving work between computers, thanks to a grant from the Dublin Foundation.

The homework help center at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library was one of three local organizations to snag a grant from the Dublin Foundation.

The Dublin Foundation reviewed seven grant applications from its September deadline and awarded grants to the homework help center, Dublin Food Pantry and Robotics Boosters Club.

The homework help center was established at the Dublin branch library in 2011 and received help from the Dublin Foundation to do so. The latest grant will help make things easier for the 2,400 students who use the homework help center each year, branch director Michael Blackwell said.

"Dublin City Schools use Apple computers at school and we do not have Apple computers here," he said. "We will use the grant to get two Apple computers and they will have all the software used in the schools.

"Students will much more easily be able to work on assignments they have in school," Blackwell said. "They'll have the software they work with instead of having to transfer it to some Windows environment. It'll be much easier to go to school to the homework help center to home."

Across the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, 67,000 students use the homework help center. In Dublin, Blackwell said he's gotten feedback from teachers on student improvement after using the library help center.

"We hear from teachers quite a lot about success," he said. "Teachers write to us to tell us about the improved academic ability, better concentration and better attitude. There's a difference in how they are succeeding at school."

Students in grades six through eight use the homework help center the most, Alison Circle, chief customer experience officer for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, told Dublin Foundation Board members during a visit to the Dublin branch last week. Most need help in math, she added.

The Dublin homework help center is open from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday for students in K-12. The Dublin branch has three employees who help out at the help center and use volunteers to assist students as well.

The Dublin Foundation grant to the Dublin Food Pantry will help the organization provide more meat to its customers over the winter months. The Robotics Boosters plan to use the grant money to expand the robotics program at the high school level.

The Dublin Foundation is a nonprofit organization that distributes money to help meet the needs of the Dublin community. The Emerald Celebration is its annual fundraiser. The event this year is slated for Feb. 23.

"We are grateful to our donors and those who attend our Emerald Celebration each year," foundation board President Chris Kelley said.

"These contributions make it possible for us to support a variety of local nonprofit organizations and meet the ever-evolving needs of our community. The foundation depends on the generosity of those who are able to support the community in this way," Kelley said in a release from the group.