Northstar Lottery Group Opens After School Advantage Lab in Paris Cooperative
Marks the seventh After School Advantage enrichment program in Illinois
PARIS, Ill., June 12, 2013
PARIS, Ill., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Northstar Lottery Group, the
private manager of the Illinois Lottery, unveiled its newest After School
Advantage learning lab today in Paris Cooperative High School located in
Paris, Illinois. This marks the seventh lab of its kind in the state.
Northstar's latest After School Advantage lab features top-of-the-line
computers – replacing equipment purchased more than a decade ago. This
significant upgrade to the school's existing computer lab, which supports both
after school and summer programs, will help bridge the digital divide in this
rural community and provide high school students with the technology they need
"At Northstar, we believe in making meaningful contributions to the people of
Illinois," said Marco Tasso, president and CEO of Northstar Lottery Group.
"The computers and software we provided to Paris Cooperative High School will
help the students of Paris to embrace the advances in technology. We installed
some of the best educational software programs available today that these
students will greatly benefit from."
Northstar's donation includes 10 Dell computers, a new laser printer and
educational software to facilitate tutoring efforts, enhance study time and
enable students to complete their classroom projects after school. Northstar
employees volunteered their time to design the lab and make it fully
"Downstate schools have sometimes been at a real disadvantage when it comes to
technology," said 51^st District Senator Chapin Rose. I greatly appreciate
Northstar Lottery Group for helping to bridge the digital divide across
Illinois communities and, in particular, here in Paris."
"I'm thrilled for our students to have access to state-of-the art computer
systems during our after school program and we cannot thank Northstar Lottery
Group enough for providing this type of technology," said Mark Cox, director
of the Alternative Education Program.
The After School Advantage program is part of a statewide community investment
program in which Northstar Lottery Group has launched seven labs statewide
since July 2011, when it officially became the private manager of the Illinois
Lottery. The After School Advantage lab located at Paris Cooperative High
School is the second lab in Central Illinois. All seven centers are fully
operational year-round, providing a safe and enriching environment for
children and teens in these communities.
To maximize its charitable giving and commitment to education and good causes
in Illinois, Northstar plans to open additional labs in several regions
throughout the state in the years ahead. Visit www.northstarlottery.net for
more information on Northstar Lottery Group.
Northstar Lottery Group
Northstar Lottery Group is a consortium of best-in-class companies with more
than 50 years combined experience in Illinois. Northstar Group is led by a
partnership between GTECH Corporation and Scientific Games Corporation.
Paris Cooperative High School
Paris High School is a learning community dedicated to developing
well-rounded, productive, engaged citizens in a safe and supportive
environment. Paris Cooperative High School is the first Cooperative High
School in the State of Illinois and has approximately 625 students. The school
has an average class size of 16.3 students, many of whom come from low-income
families in rural Edgar County.
Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814
SOURCE Northstar Lottery Group
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