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Softchoice and Lenovo POWER UP Seven Deserving Schools with Technology Grants
|By Business Wire
|December 1, 2016 03:10 PM EST
a leading North American provider of IT solutions and managed services,
together with program sponsors Lenovo and Softchoice Cares, are thrilled
to award POWER
UP grants for $10,000 in classroom technology to seven deserving
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The POWER UP program focuses on schools that serve a high ratio of students from low-income neighborhoods, providing grants to purchase and integrate technology into classroom learning.
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To reduce the funding challenges faced by public elementary and middle
schools across North America, the POWER UP program focuses on schools
that serve a high ratio of students from low-income neighborhoods. By
providing grants to purchase and integrate more technology into
classroom learning, Softchoice and Lenovo want to level the playing
field and ensure all students have equal access to the technology tools
they need to build a brighter future.
“Technology has a tremendous impact on young students’ engagement in
classroom learning, and access to technology at an early age sets
students on a successful path in our 21st-century economy,” said David
MacDonald, Softchoice’s President and CEO. “I was inspired to see so
many passionate principals and teachers come forward and apply for a
POWER UP grant. These educators are fiercely motivated to provide new
opportunities for their students, so they may unleash their potential
through the power of technology.”
Softchoice and Lenovo are delighted to announce the following schools
will be awarded up to $10,000 each to support the integration of a
technology initiative that enhances educational opportunities for their
Harper-Archer Middle School, Atlanta
Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary School, Dallas
Eagleton Elementary School, Denver
Ascot Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles
Riverview Elementary School, Montreal
Leschi Elementary School, Seattle
St. Stephen Catholic School, Toronto
POWER UP builds on a tradition of community investment by Softchoice and
its employee-driven corporate giving program, Softchoice
Cares. Since inception, this initiative has donated more than $1.5
million to local and global charitable organizations to enhance
education opportunities through technology. This philanthropic spirit is
central to Softchoice’s award-winning
corporate culture and inspires the POWER UP program. Softchoice’s
share of the POWER UP grant funds were raised and donated by its
employees through Softchoice
The 2016 POWER
UP program was open to publicly-funded schools serving students from
Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 in seven U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions.
The 2016 grant recipients were selected based on their thoughtful
applications, which described a compelling need for technology and
articulated a strong implementation plan to drive positive learning
outcomes, measure success, and sustain the use of technology through
strong internal leadership and support.
Applications were evaluated and winners were selected by members of the
employee-led Softchoice Cares board and POWER UP ambassadors from
Softchoice and Lenovo.
“We are proud to join forces with Softchoice and break the cycle of
poverty for students in these communities,” said Craig Taylor, Lenovo’s
POWER UP ambassador. “Through POWER UP, we have a chance to aid the most
vulnerable students who are being left behind. My hope is that these
students feel engaged and empowered to succeed in the classroom, and
that the use of this new technology helps them to achieve their goals.”
As a leading North American provider of IT solutions and managed
combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with
the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions
provider. Softchoice’s holistic approach to technology includes solution
design, implementation, asset management and cloud services, as well as
access to one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective technology
distribution networks in North America. We believe technology is a
powerful tool for creating positive change and a better world for
everyone. Our employee-driven philanthropic program, Softchoice
Cares, focusses on helping to "bridge the digital divide” and
provide equal access to education and knowledge through technology in
communities across North America and around the world. Softchoice’s
share of the POWER UP grant funds were raised through its
employee-driven corporate giving program, Softchoice Cares. Since
inception, Softchoice employees have donated more than $1.5 million to
local and global charitable organizations to enhance education
opportunities through technology.
Lenovo is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in
providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology.
Lenovo’s portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers
PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands),
workstations, servers, storage, and a family of mobile products like
smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. For more
information, see www.lenovo.com.
Since 2005, Lenovo employees in North America have pledged over $4
million through their charitable initiative, Lenovo
Employees Care, and have donated $9.6 million in U.S. philanthropy
and community outreach focused on disadvantaged youth, education, and
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
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