By AMBER STEWART
Connors, a new upscale, casual restaurant in the Cool Springs area, donated $5,000 Wednesday morning to Williamson County Schools to help fund buying new computers.
Connors, a new upscale, casual restaurant in the Cool Springs area, donated $5,000 Wednesday morning to Williamson County Schools to help fund buying new computers for students.
“We don’t just want to be a restaurant in our community, we want to be a part of that community,” Connors managing partner Matt Williams said. “We have the opportunity to be involved with such a great cause like putting computers in classrooms – we have to take advantage of that. We’re happy to be a part of it.”
Connors also gave to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital and GraceWorks as a part of its local donation effort, foregoing advertisements in favor of donations.
“We made a list of potential charities that we wanted to contribute to and we decided from that point that we wanted to keep it local, and we wanted to do things that will benefit the people coming into our restaurant, the families of the people that are coming for dinner,” Williams said.
The $5,000 contributed to Williamson County Schools has been designated for the COW (Computers on Wheels) program, which equips schools with mobile computer cars. A fully funded COW costs about $11,000.
Though many PTOs and Williamson Inc. have also contributed to COW donations, schools are still a long way off from achieving a 1:1 student-to-computer ratio. With the addition of three new WCS schools next year and additional growth projected, obtaining computers will be an ongoing need.