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Future Shop gifts 20 high schools with Tech Lab grants

April 24, 2012

Over $500,000 donated to Canadian high schools through the Future
Generation program

Announcement Highlights:

        --  Future Shop, announced today 20 high schools will have access
            to the latest technology through more than $500,000 in grants
            this year, double the amount awarded in 2011.
        --  Since the program's inception, 36 Canadian high schools have
            received tech grants totaling more than $1.3 million.
        --  Selected high schools will receive grants from $10,000 to

BURNABY, BC, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Future Shop, Canada’s largest
retailer and etailer of consumer electronics, today announced a
record-number of 20 high schools across Canada will be updating their
outdated technology thanks to over $500,000 in donations from the
company’s Future Generation Tech Lab program. More than 160 schools
from coast-to-coast submitted applications for funding in three
categories: $10,000; $25,000; and $50,000. Winning schools were
selected based on the impact new technology would have on improving
program offerings and engaging students. Each school will use the funds
in a different way to provide students with the tools necessary to
excel in their programs and reduce the digital divide within Canadian
high schools.

“Access to working technology is a critical element to students’
learning and development, but not all schools are able to keep their
equipment current. We heard this loud and clear in all the applications
we received whether it was for a simple ask to replace 10 year old
computers or bring in new technology allowing schools to take programs
to the next level,” said Andrea Farnell, Community Relations Manager,
Future Shop. ” Future Shop is excited to see how these schools will use
their grants to inspire, motivate and empower students to do more,
learn more and achieve more in the classroom.”

The following 20 high schools were selected to receive between $10,000
and $50,000 each through the Future Generation Tech Lab program.

British Columbia

        --  Delview Secondary (Delta) - The days of students having to
            share computers in their Media Arts program or bring computers
            from home in order to finish assignments will be no more.
            Delview will use their $25,000 to buy new computers giving
            students the confidence to know they can access a computer to
            work on an assignment at any time during the school day.
        --  George M. Dawson Secondary (Masset) - A school on the remote
            archipelago of Haida Gwaii, George M. Dawson Secondary
            struggled to offer students Haida and French language programs
            without headphones, microphones or software on the few
            computers used for oral/aural practice and recording. With
            their $50,000 Future Generation Tech Lab grant, students will
            have unrestricted use of state-of-the-art technology allowing
            them to become accomplished communicators in Haida and French,
            and assist in preserving their community's native language.


        --  St. Boniface Diocesan High School (Winnipeg)- Outdated
            computers are unable to handle the variety of courses like
            Computer Graphics, Computer Science, Desktop Publishing,
            Digital Film Creation to Interactive Media, without freezing or
            needing to be re-started. Thanks to their $40,000 Future
            Generation Tech Lab grant, technology upgrades in both hardware
            and software will be possible.


        --  Brantford Collegiate Institute (Brantford) - Students enrolled
            in classes in the new Technical Arts program at BCI are using
            pieced together 10 year old computers, previously destined for
            recycling, to do their graphic design, film and video, and
            photography assignments. As one of this year's winning schools,
            BCI receive $25,000 to purchase new computers capable of
            running the software the school's Technical Arts program is
            licensed for.
        --  Canterbury High (Ottawa) - Canterbury High School's music
            program was missing the link between age-old instruments and
            the modern digital audio technologies. With their Future
            Generation Tech Lab grant of $25,000, music program students at
            Canterbury will be able to bridge the gap and hit the right
            notes with new tablets and applications to further develop
            their musical talents.
        --  Catholic Central High (Windsor) - An inner-city school with
            out-dated computer equipment, Catholic Central High struggles
            to provide its students, many of whom are without computers at
            home, with current technology and computer programs. The
            $10,000 grant from Future Shop will be used to update the
            school's computer lab with the latest computers, monitors,
            printers and software.
        --  Don Mills Collegiate (North York)- Don Mills Collegiate offers
            Gifted, Cyber Arts, and Developmentally Disabled programs to
            serve a high-achieving academic school serving an academically,
            ethnically, and economically diverse student population. As a
            selected school, two classes of Developmentally Disabled
            students will benefit from $15,000 worth of new technology to
            help them communicate and express themselves better, interact
            with their peers and educators, improve their academic
            comprehension and enhance their overall independent daily
            functioning skills.
        --  John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (Toronto)- John Polanyi
            Collegiate's aging computers lab for business classes will
            receive an upgraded in $25,0000 worth of new computers, a
            projector and sound system. These upgrades will allow the
            school to enhance their course offerings by introducing
            Marketing and Entrepreneurship studies.
        --  Kipling Collegiate Institute (Etobicoke) -Running a business
            program for students with computers over seven years old and an
            eclectic collection of monitors almost twice as old, Kipling
            Collegiate Institute is unable to operate current and essential
            software that the school is licensed to use. Thanks to their
            Future Generation Tech Lab grant of $25,000, students will now
            be able to develop their keen interest in courses from Computer
            Animation to Programming using the latest computers and
            software like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Simply Accounting.
        --  Malvern Collegiate Institute (Toronto) -Obsolete computers
            cause frustration for both staff and students at Malvern CI.
            The school has a number of IT initiatives but is unable to
            provide the right tools for instruction and learning. Malvern
            will take their $25,000 grant and purchase a new set of
            computers to support innovative programs in media arts,
            science, communications and technology.
        --  Mountain Secondary (Hamilton)-Every student enrolled at
            Mountain Secondary has an individualized educational plan
            designed to help each one overcome their barriers to
            learningThe $25,000 Future Generation Tech Lab grant will
            enable the school to build this lab allowing students to become
            involved in learning by motivating them through interactive
            multimedia and engaging software applications to gain
            fundamental skills other students may take for granted.
        --  Nimiki Migizi Secondary (Longlac) - A small Aboriginal school
            filled with students who are passionate about technology,
            Nimiki Migizi Secondary recently started their first computer
            image editing course and is excited to expand their popular
            course offerings. Nimiki Migizi will put their $10,000 grant to
            great use purchasing the technology needed to offer courses in
            video editing, web development and computer animation.
        --  Woodbridge College (Woodbridge) - Broken computers forcing
            students at Woodbridge College to share with completing
            assignments encouraged poor quality work and tardiness. Using
            their $10,000 Tech Lab grant, the school will purchase new
            computers, a projector and Smart Board to instantly boost
            productivity and classroom morale.


        --  Centre éducatif St-Aubin (Baie-St-Paul) - Students and teachers
            at Centre éducatif St-Aubinare eager to expand their arts,
            cultural and community curriculum programs by updating their
            dated technology. The school will use their Future Generation
            Tech Lab grant of $25,000 to purchase new computers fast enough
            to run programs needed for media arts projects, new math
            programs, humanitarian projects and digital science experiments
        --  Ulluriaq School (Kangiqsualujjuaq) - Many of the students in
            this northern Quebec school have learning challenges including
            trouble with vision, hearing, memorization and learning new
            languages. Thanks to a Future Generation Tech Lab grant of
            $10,000, the school's largest room will be renovated and become
            a technology lab for students with special needs. The new Tech
            Lab will foster a more constructive learning environment for
            students, equipping them with valuable life skills to apply in
            their lives outside the village.

New Brunswick

        --  Fredericton High (Fredericton) - Offering an incredibly diverse
            music program for students from Grade 9 to Grade 12,
            Fredericton High School strives to provide students with the
            opportunity to develop a higher level of musicianship,. The
            Future Generation Tech Lab grant of $10,000 will allow the
            school to add technology to classes bringing music education to
            the next level.
        --  Oromocto High (Oromocto) -Oromocto High School offers a unique
            Tech Support program for students interested in learning skills
            to become computer technicians and gain employment in IT
            Support roles, which was being taught on out-of-date computers,
            hampering students' learning potential. The funds from their
            $50,000 Future Generation Tech Lab Grant will enable Oromocto
            HS to build a proper Tech Lab for these students allowing them
            to also gain co-op skills as they offer IT support for their
            fellow classmates and teachers.


        --  Holy Heart High (St. John's)- With a third of the student body
            enrolled in a language classes, Holy Heart High School was
            desperate to update the technology in their language laboratory
            from a 30-position audiocassette lab based on 1980s technology.
            The school will use its $50,000 grant to turn the dated
            language classroom into a modern digital language laboratory.
        --  Menihek High (Laborador) -Menihek High students have flourished
            provincially and nationally with their Fine Arts programs
            despite having sub-standard equipment such as refurbished
            computers, inexpensive video and still cameras, and plenty of
            computer crashes. The Future Generation Tech Lab grant of
            $25,000 will provide students with the newest, fastest
            computers and instil confidence their projects will be safe
            until completed.

Prince Edward Island

        --  Queen Charlotte (Charlottetown) -Working with outdated,
            second-hand technology, Queen Charlotte students faced the
            challenges of maintaining their enthusiasm when it came to the
            Technology Arts program. Thanks to their Future Generation Tech
            Lab Grant of $25,000, they will be able to purchase new
            computers, tablets and cameras y that will create an exciting
            environment for students taking  courses in video editing, web
            page design, graphic design, computer programming and

For more information, visit www.futureshop.ca/techlab.

About Future Shop
With 149 stores across the country and the nation’s premier web store (www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, BC-based Future Shop is Canada’s largest retailer and
e-tailer of consumer electronics. The company employs more than 10,000
technology enthusiasts, has enabled its website, Futureshop.ca, to
deliver unparalleled content about the products it sells. Futureshop.ca
also hosts an online community forum and tech blog called Tech Yeah for
technology beginners and tech-savvy experts to exchange ideas, reviews,
tips and other consumer electronics information (www.futureshop.ca/techyeah). As a proud corporate citizen, Future Shop has developed solutions to
recycle used electronics and is committed to employee volunteerism and
supporting non-profit organizations dedicated to transforming local
youth into Future Leaders (see www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration).

SOURCE Future Shop

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