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Middle school robotics program gets $5,500 boost

Tad Deriso, president and CEO of Mid-Atlantic Broadband, and Greg Lytz, vice president of Mid-Atlantic Broadband, announced Tuesday their gift of $5,500 to the Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation for the Halifax County Middle School Lego Robotics program.

Deriso and Lytz, alongside President of HCPS Education Foundation Coleman Speece, HCPS Education Foundation  Executive Director Audrey Davidson, HCPS Education Foundation Treasurer Tay Bost, HCMS Principal Faye Bruce and Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon gave this news to instructor Regan Priest and a sixth grade Lego Robotics class at 2 p.m.  

The funds given will be used to replace Lego Robotics equipment that is currently outdated and for which replacement parts are no longer available. 

According to Davidson, the seventh graders will be given the robotics that the eighth graders are currently using, and the eighth graders will be given newer logo robotic equipment. 

Priest said this gift will allow him to purchase new Lego Mindstorms Evolution 3 kits that will directly affect an average of 100 eighth graders each year and indirectly affect an average of 100 seventh graders per year.   

Davidson said, “I hope this will trigger feedback that will eventually lead to reinstating the Lego Robotics Program at Halifax County High School.”