Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith will visit the East Side Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pierce County Thursday, February 25, 2001 to help celebrate the opening of their new computer lab. Smith made a request on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club to General Service Administration (GSA) for 24 computers. GSA, the government agency that handles all excess government equipment, granted the request.

"I am very pleased that I have been able to help facilitate the donation of these computers to the Pierce County Boys and Girls Club, which provides important services to the Pierce County community," Smith said. "I believe the Boys and Girls Club is a great example of communities coming together to improve the lives of children."

The East Side Branch computer lab is now serving approximately 40 youth a day with educational programs including an after-school program called "Homework Help". The lab also serves as a meeting place for Boys & Girls Clubs of Pierce County Technology Club, a club recently formed by some high school students who are excelling in technology and were seeking an opportunity where they could be challenged

"We are very pleased to have our new computer lab complete with 24 computers, thanks to the tremendous support of Congressman Adam Smith," said Gary Yazwa, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Pierce County.

The ceremony will take place from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Eastside Branch of the Pierce County Boys and Girls Club located at 614 E 64th Street, Tacoma. Congressman Smith will be there from 3:00 to 3:45. Press is welcomed to attend.