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January 10, 2020

Boys & Girls Club member wins Microsoft contest

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Kasey Smith with her prizes won in the Computer Science Education Week contest, sponsored by Microsoft and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Kasey Smith from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier won a national Computer Science Education Week contest sponsored by Microsoft.

“Kasey and her cohort in our Girls Who Code program have accomplished truly amazing things,” club CEO Lynne Richman Bell said. “This is a result of some incredible technology programming implemented by our Program Director Kelley Smith.

“We at the club have committed to developing a qualified and prepared workforce in the youth that we serve. Our technology, culinary and health sciences programming has really opened some doors for our members in creating a dynamic new vision for their professional future. Youth development is workforce development at its core. The success of youth like Kasey is clear evidence of that.”

Kasey, 12, attends Warrenton Middle School.

In December, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Microsoft celebrated the 10th anniversary of Computer Science Education Week by hosting a contest on the My.Future site, the club’s online education program. CS Ed Week was originally

Established to raise awareness about the importance of computer science, the CS Ed Week has grown into a global campaign to inspire youth to take an interest in the subject. In honor of the event, Boys & Girls Clubs of America solicited submissions of projects made using the Scratch programming language around the country. It attracted more than 50 submissions, and the top five received a host of prizes valued at $500.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier offers activities using the My.Future, a platform that prepares children to thrive in our digital world. It provides access to a variety of programs to develop knowledge, skills and behaviors required for success in any career. The activities cultivate technical skills and build social and emotional competencies in areas such as problem-solving and innovative thinking.

For 22 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier has provided after-school and summer programming. It seeks to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. All are welcome and no child is denied participation based on the ability to pay. The club serves about 450 children, ages 5 to 18, at the building on Keith Street in Warrenton and at Cedar Lee Middle School in Bealeton.
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