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HIGH POINT -- Based on the smiles and laughter, it’s obvious the children participating in The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of High Point’s summer camp are having a lot of fun. What’s less obvious to the children is that they’re also learning.

Amy Hudson, the club’s executive director, said each of the camp’s activities and field trips is based on the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She said one of the highlights of camp this summer is the brand new computer lab. The old computers were from 2006.

“It went from one extreme to the other, so most of the kids haven`t seen anything like this,” Hudson said. “Our screens are all touch screens. We can use a stylus and do art projects. They can do pretty much anything they want to on these big ones. And you can`t drag them out of here.”

The High Point Community Foundation contributed $23,000 to make the computer lab a reality. The children—many of whom don’t have computers at home—can now use the computers to watch educational videos and play educational games.

“Even though they're game format, it keeps them engaged and they don`t even know they are learning!” Hudson said. “Summer slide is not as prevalent with our children because we stay on top of it all summer.” And if kids aren’t prepared for school properly, Hudson said they can’t compete.

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club used the High Point Community Foundation’s grant to purchase 33 brand new computers, laptops and tablets.

Around 75 children are enrolled in The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club’s summer camp, but Hutton said the computers will also be very helpful for after-school tutoring during the school year.