A 'bit' of a difference


Justin Madeira, a Class of 2019 graduate of Toll Gate High School, was the lucky recipient of a Microsoft Surface Pro laptop that was awarded by the company as part of Toll Gate participating in their TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) program. Elaine May, pictured with Madeira, teaches math and computer science at Toll Gate and has been instrumental in the expansion of the high-demand programming, which has gone from one intro to coding class for 15 students in the 2016/17 year to the school now offering five different coding-related classes of varying difficulty, including three that can net students college credit. May also supplied a year book photo that defines "old school cool," where she can be seen with a former classmate, Kenneth Ferns (both Toll Gate class of 1983), learning how to write Basic, the first widespread coding language, on an old Commodore 64 computer. Ferns, she mentioned, fittingly works for Microsoft. (Warwick Beacon and submitted photos)


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