|2012 grant will provide 346 children with access to technology across Nashua, New Hampshire.
Manchester Center, VT - August 31, 2012 –Digital Wish has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 Dell Powering the Possible grant. Digital Wish will receive funding in the form of cash grants and equipment donations to leverage technology and further the organization’s mission of providing a brighter future for underserved youth.
Two schools in the Nashua School District will be selected to receive 50 laptops to create a program that provides one-computer-per-child in a selected classroom, and promotes the development of technology skills throughout the Nashua School District. Digital Wish’s trainers collaborate with the classroom educators to teach courses on innovation and creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, technology literacy, and collaborative learning. After school, students will work with Dell volunteers to build innovative projects and computer games that require problem solving and newly developed IT skills.
“Digital Wish’s current program in Nashua builds on Dell's past support of our 1:1 computing initiative in 24 schools in Vermont and one school last year in Nashua,” said Heather Chirtea, Executive Director of Digital Wish. “We are very thankful as this continued partnership with Dell will allow us to replicate all of those valuable lessons we learned in Vermont and Nashua schools, and apply them directly to two more schools in the Nashua School District, bringing us one step closer to putting relevant technology in every classroom in America.”
The Dell Powering the Possible program provides an incredible opportunity for the Nashua School District to train technology leaders from across the district. Digital Wish encourages internal staff to mentor one another in order to sustain the program beyond the term of this grant. The Nashua School District will be left with an entire methodology of technology integration, including worksheets and videos from seven unique curriculum units, as well as a Digital Citizenship course for the supported schools.
In addition to technology solutions, Dell will provide Digital Wish with the volunteer services of a local Dell champion who will manage employee engagement opportunities with local Dell team members.
“We know technology can do a world of good, and we are thrilled to be working with Digital Wish to help them further their overall mission,” said Trisa Thompson, Dell’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. “At Dell, we believe that children should have an opportunity to develop their potential through technology. With this partnership, we are one step closer toward closing the technology gap among underserved communities across the globe.”
To learn more, visit www.dell.com/poweringthepossible.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. Powering the Possible is Dell’s commitment to put technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet. Dell works with nonprofits to address pressing social issues by donating a combination of Dell technologies and solutions, funding, expertise and volunteer support. In 2011, Dell gave more than $44 million, and Dell team members volunteered more than 418,000 hours in their communities. Learn more at http://www.dell.com/communities.
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About Digital Wish
Digital Wish is a non-profit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in K-12 classrooms. The www.digitalwish.org website is designed to help teachers locate much-needed funding for classroom technology. Teachers make technology wish lists, and supporters make those wishes come true. Digital Wish provides a host of fundraising ideas and allows teachers to e-mail and print their technology wish lists so that parents and community members can contribute. Over 29,000 technology wishes have been granted to classrooms in need, across the US.
Eric Bird, Digital Wish, (802) 681-8840