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Graduates to get computer tablets

Five-hundred Buffalo pubic school graduates will receive computer tablets purchased for them by the City of Buffalo.

Mayor Byron W. Brown earlier this week presented the computer tablets to Say Yes Buffalo, which will distribute them to college students who are recipients of Say Yes Buffalo scholarships and grants.

“This is the kind of investment that will pay long-term dividends,” Brown said. “By putting the right tools in the hands of our Say Yes scholars, we are helping to prepare them for future success.”

The computer tablets cost the city $75,000, the mayor said.

David Rust, Say Yes Buffalo executive director, said the scholarships Say Yes provides are only the first step in getting Buffalo’s students to succeed in college. Supports and resources, such as the tablets, are another component needed for success, he said.

Brown noted the city purchased the tablets from BAK USA, headquartered in Buffalo. The tablets are known as BAK Boards, which the company describes as low-cost, high-quality tablets that are easy to use.