It was a big day for the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area, with AT&T delivering an early Christmas gift of $10,000.

The money will be used to help expand the club’s academic enrichment program for underserved high school students.

Photo: Kids Day at the Boys & Girls Club (2017)

The enrichment program helps dozens of local teens enroll in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) lessons, get homework help and tutoring, and attend literacy workshops, college and career fairs, and more.

“As the technology industry continues to grow exponentially, programs like this encourage more students to enter the tech field, with the goal of addressing the lack of gender and racial diversity in the industry,” reads an AT&T press announcement about the award.

The money is coming from AT&T Aspire, the company’s now $500 million philanthropic initiative.

State Senator Monica Martinez was also at the club this month to help recognize the contribution.

“An investment in our youth is an investment in our future,” she said in a statement, while thanking AT&T. “STEM skills are in increasingly high demand. By increasing access to STEM training in underserved areas, we are trying to make sure that every child gets exposure to these critical skills.”