Endowment funds new computer lab
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The students can also thank Veronica “Ronnie” Conway for the gift. She was West’s long-time friend. They were neighbors on Beverly Parkway and both parishioners of the church. Conway has suggested West turn over part of her estate to the school. “She wanted to leave her money for something for kids,” Conway said of West. “She was always interested in the school.”
West was married twice but had no children, and worked for years at Western Electric. Conway has seven children and for 29 straight years she had a least one child enrolled at Holy Name, so she understands the importance of providing students with additional opportunities.
Last week, Conway was invited to the school and greeted a sixth-grade class using the computer lab.
Cassandra Powell, the school’s computer teacher, said the new laptops are a valuable addition to Holy Name. She said the students can do more PowerPoint presentations and use modern software such as graphic design programs. The computers are also really fast which helps in their researching abilities.
In addition to the computers, the school also spent some of West’s endowment for other initiatives. It purchased new signs for the outside of the building as well as a new security monitoring system. The final project, McMahon said, will be to upgrade the library’s 41-year-old computer management system.
“We would never be able to do any of these projects,” he said referring to the school’s normal operating budget.
The computer lab is named for West, who devoted decades of her life to her church and her community, and has made just as big of an impact in death.