Future Shop funds innovation in education with $85K investment in Surrey school



    Largest technology donation ever made to B.C.'s biggest school district

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Future Shop today announced the largest ever
technology donation to a school in B.C.'s biggest school district, giving
$85,000 to Queen Elizabeth Secondary in Surrey. Future Shop provided a
state-of-the-art computer assisted drafting (CAD) lab in a revitalized space,
directly benefitting close to 200 students and staff as well as adult
education classes.
    "Future Shop is committed to putting resources in the hands of students
to help create future leaders," says Moe Amirie, senior vice-president, Future
Shop. "Providing the latest computers and technology in schools allows for
invaluable skills training where it's most needed, and creates new
opportunities for Surrey students in this unique high school classroom."
    With over 60% of Q.E. Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in career
programs, the school faces steadily increasing demand for courses in
animation, drafting and design and other vocations. The new Future Leaders
Tech Lab at Q.E. Secondary will allow graduating students to work with the
latest CAD software and technologies, and attain relevant technology
experience before entering the workforce. As a result of this donation, the
lab now has the capacity needed to manage resource-intensive drafting programs
and Q.E. is able to offer a Drafting 11/12 Co-Op class.
    "We've been teaching about 100 students each year as well as adult
classes, with limited resources," says Q.E. technology education teacher John
Hunter. "This donation will foster creativity and better prepare students for
practical work experience placements and careers."
    In addition to supporting career development, the Future Leaders Tech Lab
will foster students' ability to participate in national competitions. In
2007, seven Q.E. students competed in the Skills Canada Regional Competition
in CAD Mechanical and Architectural Design, with the number expected to
increase in the coming year.
    "Board members were delighted when we heard of Future Shop's offer of
support for our students," says Surrey Board of Education chair Reni Masi. "We
were asked to identify the best use of funds and provide a list of potential
programs. It was clear the company's motivation with the Future Leaders Tech
Lab was to assist students in the best way possible to learn and use
technology."

    About Future Shop Community Giving

    With 133 stores across the country and the nation's premier web store
(www.futureshop.ca), Burnaby, B.C.-based Future Shop is Canada's largest,
national retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics. Since 2001, Future
Shop has awarded 440 post-secondary scholarships valued at over $1.3m to the
Boys and Girls Club of Canada, and donated over 425 computers to set up
CanTech centres. Each of Future Shop's 133 stores donates to non-profits and
communities on an individual basis, and supports employee volunteerism with
Community Partner Awards.

    About Queen Elizabeth Secondary

    Queen Elizabeth Secondary is one of 19 schools in the province's largest
school district with 1400 students enrolled in Grades 8 - 12. The school
enjoys a rich mix of cultures, with 69 different ethnic and a diverse base of
languages. Classified as an "inner-city" school, over 60% of Grade 11 and 12
students are enrolled in career programs.





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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Cheryl
Grant, (604) 412-1008, chgrant@futureshop.com; Ayesha Khan, (604) 647-6266,
ayesha.khan@cossette.com

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