Club of New York Electronic Learning Center
it possible for several thousand children in
to enter the electronic world
Rotary Club of New York Electronic Learning Center, which was
dedicated on February 6, 2001, is a focal point for the promotion of
literacy through art and technology for the youth of East Harlem and
Harlem. Because of this
facility approximately 2000 young people ranging, in age from 5 to 18,
have had an opportunity to enter the electronic world that is so vital
to education, business, social improvement and change.
Feller, the director of this summer's project at the center entitled
Mother Earth Is Your Neighborhood Youth And The Environment sees
education as the fundamental force for social change. “ Businesses
want students who can use technology and think critically”, Feller
said. The Electronic
Learning Center makes this possible for several thousand children who
otherwise would not have this opportunity.”
center ensures access to education, providing an alternative structure
to the youths’ regular classroom, which closes for the summer in
East Harlem, and to the streets and less constructive activities.
Helen Reisler, past President and Trustee Arcadio Casillas, and
Foundation Trustee, Mort Eydenberg and I recently had the pleasure and
the privilege of seeing the Rotary's generosity in action.
On July 30th, the Electronic Learning Center hosted
two groups of young people from East Harlem and from Hartford,
Connecticut. A total of
80 children visited the Center together Taina Traverso, who heads the
East Harlem Development/Applause Holistic Cultural Center and Dr.
Donald Blake, who heads the Connecticut Campus Compact, Summer
Associates Program associated with Trinity College.
Both of these groups are working with essentially
underprivileged youth who come from economically depressed
summer 350 young people created a newsletter and a blueprint for
addressing environmental issues locally and in other parts of the
world. The mission of the
project is to promote environmental activities that address the basic
needs of communities.
writer’s second visit to the Rotary Electronic Learning Center more
tangibly crystallized in his mind the wonderful contribution that
Rotary has made. The contribution starts in the New York community in
which it is based, but extends to a much broader community throughout
the country and the world as more students go through this center.
Electronic Learning Center, as you may know, was the brainchild of
Mort Eydenberg and his daughter Professor Bette Schneiderman, who
teaches at C. W. Post and is the wife of Rotarian Dr. Paul
Schneiderman. The Rotary Electronic Learning Center of New York is a
project Rotary can and should be very proud of, for it will continue
to positively affect the lives of many thousands of people in the East
Harlem community and throughout the world.
The center is blessed with extremely dedicated and enthusiastic
leaders. In addition to Fay Feller they include the director of the
Taller Boricua, Francisco Salicrup, Mr. Miguel Baltierra an urban
design consultant, and Irma Ayala, Mr. Salicrup’s administrative
Rotary Electronic Learning Center can be visited at its location in
the Taller Boricua Gallery Puerto Rican Workshop Inc. in The Julia De
Burgos Latino Cultural Center at 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, New
York 10029. Call Fernando
Salicrup at (212) 831‑ 4333 and identify yourself as a New York
Rotarian to make an appointment.