Media Advisory - Future Shop and the Toronto District School Board set to unveil $100,000 technology labs to Toronto secondary schools



    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Future Shop, in partnership with the Toronto
District School Board, will announce on Wednesday, September 9, a $100,000
donation to benefit two secondary schools in the Toronto School District: Marc
Garneau Collegiate Institute and Western Technical Commercial School. The
donation is one of four major donations by Future Shop's Future Generation
Tech Lab program to selected schools across the country this year.
    Focusing specifically on the demand for technology and computers in
public schools, the schools were chosen based on an expressed need outlined in
the grant application. Future Shop has provided both schools with
state-of-the-art technology to help with the economic and digital divide that
is a present concern for grade 10-12 students. The Future Generation Tech Labs
will encourage youth engagement, inspiration and innovation.

    
    What:     Future Shop's Future Generation Tech Lab program, in
              partnership with the Toronto District School Board, announces
              major donations to selected schools and unveils transformation
              of classrooms

    Who:      Todd Empey, Vice President, Operations, Future Shop
              John Parker, City Councillor, Ward 26 Don Valley West
              John Campbell, Chair of the Toronto District School Board
              Ms. Geri Gershon, School Trustee, Don Valley West
              Ms. Ricky Goldenberg, Principal of Marc Garneau C. I.
              Ms. Lorraine Linton, Principal of Western Technical-Commercial
              School
              Mr. David Welch, Technology/Computer Science, Marc Garneau C.I.

    Location: Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute
              135 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, ON M3C 1B3 (at Don Mills Rd)

    Date:     Wednesday, September 9, 2009

    Time:     Announcement & Unveiling 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
              Interviews to follow 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

    Photo/broadcast/interview opportunities available, including:

        -  Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute's new digital media publishing
           centre
        -  Students using and interacting with new resources
        -  Todd Empey, Vice President, Operations, Future Shop
        -  John Parker, City Councillor, Ward 26 Don Valley West
        -  John Campbell, Chair of the Board, TDSB
        -  Geri Gershon, School Trustee, Don Valley West
        -  Ms. Ricky Goldenberg, Principal of Marc Garneau C. I.
        -  Ms. Lorraine Linton, Principal of Western Technical-Commercial
           School
        -  Students from Marc Garneau C.I.

    Additional Post-event Photo Opportunity at Western Technical-Commercial
    School:

    Location: Western Technical-Commercial School
              125 Evelyn Crescent, Toronto, ON

    Time:     Space Viewing 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Photo/broadcast/interview opportunities available, including:

        -  Western Technical-Commercial School's new café-like Media Studies
           room
        -  Interview with School Trustee, Ward 7, Parkdale High-Park, Irene
           Atkinson
        -  Interview with School Principal Lorraine Linton
        -  Interview opportunity with students from Western Technical-
           Commercial School
    

    About Future Shop's Future Generation

    The Future Generation Tech Lab program expands on a nearly 10-year
commitment to support students and education in Canada. Since 2001, Future
Shop has donated over 500 post-secondary scholarships (valued at $3,000 each),
over 600 computers to non-profit partners and five Tech Labs to secondary
schools across Canada. Each of Future Shop's 142 stores donates to non-profits
and communities on an individual basis, and supports employee volunteerism
with Volunteer Awards.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Cheryl Grant, Future Shop,
chgrant@futureshop.ca, (604) 412-1008, C (778) 999-0535; Elliott Chun, Future
Shop, echun@futureshop.ca, (604) 412-1764, C (778) 990-9342; Tamar Nersesian,
Optimum PR, tamar.nersesian@cossette.com, (416) 969-1291, C (416) 318-3989

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