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February 21, 2013

TELUS Creates a Charity Fund to Help Nova Scotia Students Unravel the Mysteries of Technology

By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Students in Nova Scotia schools are on the path to unraveling the mysteries technology has to offer following TELUS’ (News - Alert) introduction of a new grants program to help fund technology projects in their schools. The grants are a part of the ‘give back to the society’ project TELUS is running in its backyard.

By committing $25 from each of the TELUS smartphones bought in Nova Scotia, Canada’s Maritime Provinces, before August 7, 2013, TELUS plans to create a TELUS Technology for Teachers Fund. The fund will let local schools request for grants to the tune of $5,000 and use the money to make technological improvements in their classrooms. Devices bought with the acquired money will depend on what the school management committees settles on with examples being SMART boards, laptops and investment in LAN and Internet connections.

Rick Hillier, the chair of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board, believes that by introducing technological advancement concepts to kids at a tender age, the education system will be able to churn out experts well versed with the ways of the modern tech savvy world.

To ensure that the program remains open to all, an online application form is available to any teacher interested in applying for funds from the technology grant fund. Since the money is not enough for the needs of all schools in Nova Scotia, the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board will work with leaders in the education sector to help select the schools that merit the award before the 2013 school year gets underway.

TELUS is an internationally recognized telecommunications company in Canada with more than 13.1 million customer connections, which is more than enough to fund the project. Having contributed more than $300m to not-for-profit organizations and an additional 4.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000, TELUS is not new in the world of community service and making an impact in society.

By investing in the youth, TELUS brightens the future of many students who would have otherwise remained in their current social strata.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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