Gates County Community Partnership (GCCP), a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the educational and social development of the youth in Gates County, recently made a surprise donation of 25 computers to the student participants of the Saunders Science Scholars STEM enrichment initiative at Gates County High School. This generous act took place after the annual Gates County Lions Club Christmas Parade in Gatesville, where the Saunders Science Scholars showcased the program.

GCCP Director Sandra Jordan Branch emphasized the importance of providing the necessary tools of success to participants in the Saunders Science Scholars program. She stated, “We believe that every student should have access to the resources they need to excel academically and socially. By donating these computers, we are helping empower these young scholars to reach their full potential.”

The Saunders Science Scholars (SSS) provides invaluable resources and events to the Gates County Schools community, with an intimate focus on 25 high school students and their families. This program aims to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of science through various activities. Morehead Planetarium and Science Center engages Gates County Schools and Gates County Community Partnership to ensure a comprehensive outreach effort.

Three years ago, Gates County Community Partnership donated laptops to SSS, ensuring participants had access to the latest technology. Today’s donation demonstrates their ongoing dedication to the success of the program.

“In all honesty, three years is an eternity, and we recently found out some of our scholars’ computers were no longer operational,” said GCCP Director Benjamin C. Saunders, Jr. “With the high usage we expect from participants, we knew it was time. We are grateful for the opportunity and ability to serve our scholars.”

This donation reflects Gates County Community Partnership’s enduring commitment to the educational uplift of local students. The organization is thankful for the support of their community and friends. They emphasized, “We all worked together to make this happen.”