St. Joseph’s School has recently begun to develop and update their computer lab under the supervision of Mr. Errol Parker, the computer teacher. St. Joseph’s older students remember the original lab as tightly packed and crammed with students all hours of the school day. “The lab was comforting before, but it still seemed to be a little boring because it was so plain,” Regina, a student, explained. “We wanted something open, not a bunch of us mashed together just so we could use the computers.” The desks, previous to the reconstruction, were lined against both walls and the computers were about nine inches apart. Everyone was happy working directly next to each other, but we needed some elbow room, too. Amazingly, our thoughts turned into reality when, over the summer, Mr. Parker and other volunteers started to reform our lab into something much more than just a bunch of computers.

Walking down the hall it looks like a normal door in the wall, but once it is opened, no one thinks “normal” anymore. A sea of heads meets you, each in front of a separate computer, with only two people to a wood inspired table. Now able to accommodate 28 people to its previous 16, everyone fits easily into our new home. The monitors remain the same, and except for the brand new towers that run almost 40 times faster than the old, the room looks interestingly different with the same supplies. The short wall that divides the class has been cut from a full wall, but you would never know it if you walked in now. To some extent, St. Joseph’s could be seen as a stereotypical Catholic school, but our computer lab is anything but conventional.

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