Samsung’s Four Seasons Gives $1M In Tech Grants To Schools

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NEW YORK — Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope philanthropic initiative has given $1 million in technology products, software and educational programming and grants to 21 schools, with help from partners Best Buy, Microsoft and DirecTV.

During a recent ceremony at the Samsung Experience showroom at the Time Warner Building, here, New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning presented a $210,000 grand-prize technology package to Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif.

The finalist schools were nominated by parents, students, teachers and principals, who were among more than 7,500 people to submit essays online about how their favorite school would benefit from improved technology tools in the classroom. A panel of expert judges, including TWICE editor in chief Steve Smith, narrowed the field to the 21 finalists, and Capistrano Valley and its nominating essay, written by parent Wendy Harder, were voted the best by more than 200,000 public online votes.

“My success as a football player is tied to the excellent education I received,” Manning said during the ceremony. “I am proud to partner with Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope education initiative to give those same opportunities to students across the U.S.”

The million-dollar giveback came in response to findings from Samsung’s recent National Tech in The Classroom survey, which showed that 77 percent of Americans think the K-12 schools in their communities lack the technology access needed to help kids succeed in the 21st century. Survey respondents further cited technology teaching tools among the top-three needs in local classrooms that industry could address.

Capistrano Valley’s grand prize includes cutting-edge Samsung products, Microsoft software, DirecTV educational TV programming, cash grants, Best Buy@15 gift cards and a classroom assistant dog. Fifteen first-place winners received $50,000 prize packages, and five second-place winners received $10,000 in Best Buy@15 gift cards. In addition, the nominating essayist for each school will receive a Samsung Go netbook.

To learn more, visit

www.fourseasonsofhope

. com/education or the Four Seasons of Hope Facebook fan page at

www.facebook

. com/fourseasonsofhope.

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