Best Buy Canada announces secondary schools to receive funding for tech-based curriculums through Best Buy School Tech Grant program

  • From more than 220 applicants, 16 secondary schools across Canada have been awarded cash grants of up to $10,000 each
  • Recipients will use grants to enhance or integrate technology used in various courses, programs or extracurricular activities

Burnaby, BC, 2017-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Canada is proud to announce the 16 secondary schools, selected from more than 220 applicants, to receive funding of up to $10,000 each for tech-based curriculums through the Best Buy School Tech Grant program. The recipient schools will use these grants to give students access to the latest in technology to help keep students motivated and inspired as they move towards post-secondary education.

“Exposure to technology has become essential for today’s youth but there is still a huge need for upgraded or increased technology in classrooms.” said Karen Arsenault, Community Relations Manager, Best Buy Canada. “In reviewing the applications, it was inspiring to see the passion of the teachers and principals who illustrated how much this technology will impact their students by providing diverse and innovative learning opportunities and, in some cases, simply leveling the playing field.”

The 16 schools receiving a Best Buy School Tech Grant are:

General Grants:

  • Frank Hurt Secondary – Surrey, BC
  • Braided Journeys Program, Edmonton Catholic School District – Edmonton, AB
  • École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School – Red Deer, AB
  • Kyle Composite School – Kyle, SK
  • Elmwood High School – Winnipeg, MB
  • Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School – St. Catharines, ON
  • Ridgemont High School – Ottawa, ON
  • The Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School – Aurora, ON
  • Vezina Secondary School – Attawapiskat, ON
  • Ecole secondaire Gérard-Filion – Longueuil, QC
  • St. Malachy’s Memorial High School – Saint John, NB

STEM Grants:

  • Burnaby South Secondary School – Burnaby, BC
  • Alpha II Alternative School – Toronto, ON
  • Ridgetown District High School – Ridgetown, ON
  • Ecole Marguerite-De Lajemmerais – Montréal, QC
  • Richmond Regional High School – Richmond, QC

General Tech Grants are designed to help improve or integrate technology in classrooms to advance student learning. This could include new technologies including libraries, special needs classrooms, literacy programs and more. STEM Tech Grants are for schools looking to enhance technology in programs pertaining to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, which includes robotics clubs, math programs, computer coding and digital media courses.

All 16 schools will receive their funding in the coming weeks and celebrations will happen at the School Tech Grant recipient schools with the support of local Best Buy teams.

Best Buy Canada focuses its community investment on connecting youth with technology to inspire, motivate and empower their education. Through this mission, Best Buy has provided more than 140 Canadian schools with grants to purchase the technology, in addition to offering post-secondary scholarships and supporting youth with hands on tech learning opportunities.

In the coming months, Best Buy School Tech Grants will offer elementary schools with the opportunity to apply for funding for new technology. Educators interested in being notified when grants are next available can email schoolgrants@bestbuycanada.ca.

For more information about Best Buy’s community investments, visit www.BestBuy.ca/Community.

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

Media Contact:

Christine Tam
E : ctam@bestbuycanada.ca
T : 604.809.3416

Source: Best Buy

Best Buy Canada opens applications from secondary schools for its Best Buy School Tech Grant program

BURNABY, BC, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Canada is now accepting applications from secondary schools for their Best Buy School Tech Grant program, the retailer announced today (November 30, 2016). Financial grants of up to $10,000 are available for schools across the country looking to improve their technology offerings for classes or programs for students in Grades 9-12. Schools can submit their online applications until Thursday, December 22, 2016 at www.bestbuy.ca/schooltechgrants.

The School Tech Grant program exists to help reduce the economic and digital divide for youth by providing them with access to the technology they need to achieve their highest potential as they move into post-secondary education and the workforce.

“We continue to be inspired by the programs that Canadian secondary schools are offering today’s students, regardless of the resources they have available” said Andrea MacBeth, Community Relations Manager, Best Buy Canada. “As our grants allows schools to outline exactly how much funding and specifically what technology is needed, we get an insight into the creativity of teachers and the desires of students as they strive to take learning to the next level.

The Best Buy School Tech Grants are available in two categories:

  • General School Tech Grants are a way for schools to improve or integrate technology in their classrooms to advance student learning. Previous winners have used these grants to support tech needs in libraries, special needs classrooms, and literacy programs.
  • STEM School Tech Grants are for schools looking to add technology to programs with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Previous recipients include investments in robotics clubs, math or coding programs, makerspaces, and digital media courses.

Tips for educators looking to write a successful application include:

  • Illustrating how the technology purchased will inspire, motivate and empower students in their studies.
  • Outlining how the technology will bring innovation or equality to the classroom.
  • Illustrating the impact this new technology will have on the student experience and potential for learning.
  • Ensuring that the list of new technology purchased with the grant is reflective of the case made for a grant.

Since the program started, Best Buy Canada has awarded $2.3 million in grants to more than 130 Canadian schools as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting students and education in Canada.

About Best Buy

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Best Buy Canada Ltd. is one of Canada’s largest and most successful omni-channel retailers, operating the Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile and Geek Squad (www.geeksquad.ca) brands. With nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada, and an expanded assortment of lifestyle products offered through BestBuy.ca, Best Buy is a leader in Total Retail, catering to customers how, when, and where they want to shop. Best Buy Canada is committed to making a positive impact in the community with programs and partnerships that support youth to connect with technology to advance their education. For more information visit BestBuy.ca.

Media contact:

Christine Tam
E : ctam@bestbuycanada.ca
T : 778.229.7532

Source: Best Buy