Wednesday, June 26, 2019

New Hayfield activity gives students another outlet after school

In any school students choice from a variety of different activities to do after school.

 

Now at Hayfield High School students will have a new activity.

 

That activity will be an after school video game club.

 

After the Hayfield Media Center was remodeled over the summer to become a complete state of the art center, students were very impressed with it.

 

That prompted staff members to come up with ways for students to take advantage of it. Then a member of the IT staff came up with the idea to allow students to play video games after school against each other.

 

The first event took place this week and students were very happy about it.

 

“It was a really good time,” said Brian Bartley, Hayfield System Administrator.

 

The way that it is set up is students bring in their own game consoles and school appropriate games and they are able to play against and with each other on the new state of the art projectors and tv’s.

 

By students bringing in their own consoles and games, combined with the fact that the supervisor for the activity is volunteering their time means that there is no cost for the school.

 

Some of the benefits that Bartley sees about having the activity is that it allows students to enjoy time together after school, and for some students who live in rural areas where wifi can be spotty it also allows, them to have a place to update their games and consoles much faster.

 

“Just being able to update game console is huge for kids especially those in rural areas with slower connections,”Bartley explained, “What would take 10-12 hours takes about 20 minutes with the school connection,” he added.

 

While at the first event there was about eight kids there, Bartley explained that about 20-25 students who saw it going on expressed interest so they hope to grow it into something special.

 

“The response was really good and will probably get better,” Barley said.

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