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RALEIGH, N.C. — Free computer-lab and meeting space is available for use by nonprofits in Wake County, thanks to the Wade Edwards Learning Lab in Raleigh.

The lab, a project of the Wade Edwards Foundation that is adjacent to Broughton High School, includes both a computer lab with 20 networked computers and meeting rooms for groups of up to 25 people.

In addition to holding meetings, nonprofits can use the computer lab for staff training.

The foundation and lab were created by U.S. Sen. John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth Anania Edwards, in memory of their son, who died in a 1996 auto accident.

The foundation plans to open a second lab early in 2001 at Goldsboro High School based on the one at Broughton, says Sarah Lowder, the foundation’s new executive director and former executive director of Kids Voting NC/Wake County.

The Learning Lab also has assigned email addresses to more than 70 Broughton students who recently met were paired with e-mentors from IBM Corp. The mentors will send at least one message per week to the students.

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