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Rimes receives $10,000 from United Way

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United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties presented a check for $10,000 to Rimes Early Learning & Literacy Center last week in support of the school’s literacy an d STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives.

“We view this as a beautiful gift,’’ Superintendent Susan Moxley, Ed.D., said to a group of Rimes students gathered for the presentation on Oct. 9. “This is an organization that really supports our boys and girls in literacy and in so many other ways.”

The money will be used to purchase 25 new laptop computers with touchscreens, headphones and a mobile charging station to take computers from classroom to classroom. It will expand computer access when the 22 desktops in the computer lab are in use.

Rimes, which is at 3101 School View Street in Leesburg, serves students in pre-K through 2nd grade. Students will use the computers to access educational software, do age-appropriate research on the internet, and access digital content associated with their textbooks in math and reading.

“Our students feed into Fruitland Park, Beverly Shores and Leesburg elementary as third graders, and we want to make sure they are ready to slide right into the curriculum,’’ said Principal Stacey Roberts, Ed.D. “We are getting them ready for 21st century learning. We greatly appreciate the United Way for supporting us in this effort. They are a tremendous partner to Rimes and to the Lake County community.”