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Press release from CNW Group

Best Buy Canada Awards $200,000 in technology grants through Best in Class Fund

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Best Buy Canada Awards $200,000 in technology grants through Best in Class Fund08:00 EDT Thursday, September 15, 2011Program now open to Canadian schools with students in Kindergarten through Grade 8Announcement Highlights:Best Buy is awarding $200,000 in technology grants to schools across Canada2011 submissions open to schools with students in Kindergarten to Grade 8Teachers may submit their online proposals from September 20 through November 17, 2011Since 2008, Best Buy has awarded $750,000 in technology grants through the Best in Class FundBURNABY, BC, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Best Buy Canada is awarding $200,000 in technology grants to teachers and students who are passionate about technology in the classroom.  Starting Tuesday, September 20, Canada's fastest growing retailer of consumer electronics will begin accepting entries for its 2011 Best in Class Fund program.As new technology continues to take a more prominent role in our work and personal lives, integrating it into the classroom is needed now more than ever to prepare students for the future. Recent studies show that the Internet is driving the creation of jobs that haven't even been invented yet, meaning grade-school kids today need to be prepared for roles that weren't around 10 or 20 years ago.Preparing students for the digital world they are growing up in is a key objective of the Best in Class Fund. Best Buy recognizes the importance of arming students with the tools they need to navigate through the evolving technology landscape to set them up for success in the future. Whether it's digital cameras for a photography lab, graphic design software for an art class or even musical instruments and recording technology for band, it's about merging traditional learning with new and current technology to best prepare students for their future.Teachers will have until November 17 to submit their proposal online. The written proposal must be 500 words or less and will address the following: How do you plan to use the technology with your students to inspire and enhance their education?The Best in Class Fund program was conceived in 2008 to inspire teachers and students to develop compelling educational projects that will advance learning through the integration of technology in the classroom.About Best in ClassThe Best in Class Fund Program began in 2008 and to-date Best Buy has donated $750,000 in technology grants to schools in Canada. The program is open to teachers with students in kindergarten through grade 8 at schools across Canada.Teachers are asked to develop their written proposals that outline how they would like to integrate various consumer electronic technologies in the classroom and how it will provide an educational benefit, and submit online at www.BestBuy.ca/BestinClass  between September 20 and November 17, 2011. One submission is allowed per school and it can come from a single class, or from a cross section of teachers from the same school.For more Best in Class information and submission guidelines, please visit www.BestBuy.ca/BestinClass.About Best Buy Canada Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY). We are Canada's fastest-growing retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics, computers and entertainment products. With over 70 Best Buy stores across Canada, we offer a unique shopping experience with the latest technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure (non-commissioned) sales environment. Every day our employees are committed to helping deliver technology solutions that enable easy access to people, knowledge, ideas and fun. We are keenly aware of our role and impact on the world, and we are committed to developing and implementing business strategies that bring sustainable technology solutions to our consumers and communities. For information about Best Buy Canada, visit www.BestBuy.caFor further information: Danielle Jang Best Buy Canada 604-412-1880 danjang@bestbuycanada.ca En Français: Patrick Lavoie Best Buy Canada Tél. : 514-905-7757 Portable : 514-290-5571 plavoie@bestbuycanada.ca