Best Buy Canada's School Tech Grant Program awards $230,000 to support tech upgrades at schools across Canada

Twenty-three schools to receive support for new technology to engage and inspire learning on behalf of Best Buy Canada and in partnership with Samsung and Google

Announcement Highlights:

  • From more than 750 applicants, 23 elementary and secondary schools across Canada have been awarded grants of up to $10,000 each, or Chromebook packages, from Best Buy Canada in partnership with Samsung and Google.
  • Recipients will use this technology to enhance opportunities for their students to improve digital literacy, engagement, and educational advancement.

BURNABY, BC, Feb. 23, 2022 /CNW/ – Best Buy Canada is proud to announce the 23 elementary and secondary schools, selected from more than 750 applications, to receive a combined $230,00 in funding for tech-based improvements through the Best Buy School Tech Grant program. Through these grants students will have access to more engaging and efficient technology intended to motivate their learning and set them up for success in their future educational endeavors.

“We know the past two years have been challenging for educators and students alike, and we have seen first-hand how important technology can be for schools,” says Karen Arsenault, Best Buy Canada’s Social Impact Manager. “The applications we received emphasized the significant role technology plays in engaging students and setting a strong foundation for their future. We’re proud to support educators in opening doors for their students”.

For the second year in a row Best Buy Canada has teamed up with Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow program, and new this year, Google has joined in to help impact even more Canadian students. Through this partnership, Samsung and Google have selected two schools to provide them each with 45 Samsung Chromebooks to enhance their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.

“In today’s continually evolving learning landscape, technology is critical to helping students connect, collaborate and thrive with their peers and educators,” said Jennifer Groh, Senior Director of Corporate Marketing and Citizenship, Samsung Canada. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Best Buy Canada and provide students and teachers with innovative technology that will enhance their programs and boost students’ interest in STEM learning.”

The schools receiving a Best Buy School Tech Grant are:

Elementary Schools

  • Bishop Klein Community School – Saskatoon, SK
  • Central Spryfield Elementary School – Halifax, NS
  • Danforth Gardens P.S. – Scarborough, ON
  • Eatonville Junior School – Toronto, ON
  • École de l’Harmonie-Jeunesse – Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, QC
  • MS Hetherington Public SchoolWindsor, ON
  • Our Lady of Fatima – Calgary, AB
  • Pringle Creek Public SchoolWhitby, ON
  • Qaqqalik School – Kimmirut, NU
  • Squiala Elementary School – Chilliwack. BC
  • St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary School – Halifax, NS
  • St. Theresa SchoolWabasca, AB
  • Suwilaawks Community School – Terrace, BC

Secondary Schools

  • Attagoyuk Ilisavik – Pangnirtung NU
  • Dalhousie Regional High School – Dalhousie, NB
  • David Thompson Secondary – Vancouver, BC
  • École Joseph-François-Perrault – Quebec City, QC
  • La Salle Intermediate and Secondary School – Kingston, ON
  • Nelson McIntyre Collegiate – Winnipeg, MB
  • North Island Secondary School – Port McNeill, BC
  • Sutton District High School – Sutton, ON

The schools receiving a Samsung Chromebook package are:

  • Beaconsfield Middle School – Saint John, NB
  • Yellowquill School – Portage la Prairie, MB

Best Buy Canada focuses its social impact efforts on building brighter futures through technology. Since 2008, Best Buy Canada has provided more than $3.4 million to 274 Canadian schools to purchase technology that inspires, motivates, and empowers students. Best Buy Canada is also proud to offer post-secondary scholarships and support youth with hands-on tech learning opportunities.

For more information about Best Buy’s social impact efforts and to find more information about upcoming school tech grant application periods, visit www.BestBuy.ca/SocialImpact.

About Best Buy

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 more than 170 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.

About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2021, Samsung was ranked as one of Canada’s “Most Reputable Companies” in Léger’s Corporate Reputation Study. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung’s award-winning corporate giving initiatives support public education and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit www.Samsung.ca.

Follow Samsung Canada at facebook.com/SamsungCanada, or Instagram @samsungcanada or Twitter @SamsungCanada.

About Google Canada

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. As a global technology leader, Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Google Canada has offices in Waterloo, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa with over 2,000 Canadian Google employees working on teams across Engineering, AI Research, Sales and Marketing.

SOURCE Best Buy Canada Ltd.

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