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Jerome Bettis to Present Computers to Local Middle-School Students

Jerome Bettis, famed former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and NBC analyst, will return to Heinz Field to present computers to 21 middle school students at Pittsburgh Public’s Murray school.

The students successfully completed a computer camp supported by the Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation, Duquesne University and Pittsburgh Public Schools. The program’s goal is to narrow the digital divide by helping all children learn how to use computers and to have access to them.

On Saturday and after-school sessions this spring, these students were instructed in using and assembling computers. Those who successfully complete the sessions are rewarded by the Bettis Foundation with free computers.

The Bettis Foundation contributed salaries for the camp professor, Jennifer Milcarek from the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, as well as 10 graduate and undergraduate tutors. The University, through its Learning Skills Center, provided each participant with a flash drive, a weekly meal in the campus dining area, bus transportation and the curriculum.

Bettis will attend the student presentations and the award ceremony.

This is the third year of computer training program by the Bettis Foundation, Duquesne and Pittsburgh Public Schools. Since its inception, more than 95 local students and families have benefited from this program.

When: Wednesday, July 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Coca Cola Great Hall at Heinz Field

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