TELUS turns smartphone purchases into classroom resources

Technology for Teachers Fund accepting grant applications until February 6, 2014

MONCTON, NB, Aug. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - New Brunswick teachers are being invited to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 from TELUS to upgrade the technology in their classroom. As part of its Phones for Good campaign, TELUS is giving $25* from each TELUS smartphone purchased in New Brunswick through February 6 to a newly-created Technology for Teachers Fund.

"While many New Brunswick schools already use technology as a teaching tool, it can be difficult for school boards to find the funds for hands-on technology equipment. TELUS wanted to find a way to provide financial support that will directly improve classroom resources and help kids learn," said Gen. (Ret.) Rick Hillier, Chair of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board. "We look forward to seeing some innovative ideas in the applications. We know teachers and students will find creative ways to use technology to extend their learning potential."

Teachers can apply for grants to make technology improvements including purchasing SMARTboards, tablets or laptops for classrooms. To qualify, teachers must complete an online application at http://about.telus.com/community/en/for_good/phones/ that outlines their plans for the funds.

The TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board will involve members of the education sector in the selection process. Funding will be disbursed during the second half of the 2013-14 school year.

TELUS is committed to giving where we live. When customers activate a new smartphone with TELUS, good things happen. Through the TELUS Phones for Good campaign, TELUS gives $25 to a local project in select communities. The TELUS Phones for Good campaign is available to all customers who activate a new smartphone at TELUS locations in New Brunswick between August 7 and February 6, 2014. The TELUS Phones for Good program in Atlantic Canada has donated more than $800,000 to organizations such as the IWK Health Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs and Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation. Since the Phones for Good campaign started in 2011, TELUS has given more than $2 million to 20 local community projects.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $11.2 billion of annual revenue and 13.2 million customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 743,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

*up to a maximum of $75,000. Eligible on all new TELUS smartphone activations in New Brunswick


SOURCE TELUS Corporation

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