FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 09.01.09
Ryan Kurtz, CDW Government, Inc.
Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
CDW-G and Discovery Education Award Win a Wireless Lab 2009 to Five Schools
– Program Supports Educators in Achieving Goal to Equip Classrooms with 21st-Century Tools that Spur Student Achievement –
VERNON HILLS, Ill., and SILVER SPRING, Md. – September 1, 2009 – CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation and leading source of Information Technology (IT) solutions to educators and governments, and Discovery Education, the only provider of digital content scientifically shown to increase academic achievement, today announced the winners of the seventh annual Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes.
CDW-G and Discovery Education received a record 702,000 sweepstakes entries in just five months. “The 2008 program was a success with 180,000 entries, but this year’s contest was the most expansive in its history and exceeded all expectations,” said Bob Kirby, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. “Educators understand how technology can facilitate learning, but budget challenges are keeping them from making it a reality in every classroom. Win a Wireless Lab can help fill that gap.”
The five winning schools are Churchville Elementary, Churchville, Va.; Millbridge Elementary, China Grove, N.C.; Huntingdon Area Senior High, Huntingdon, Pa.; Clear Lake Elementary, Oxford, Mich.; and Tyler Elementary, Belton, Texas. Each school will receive a state-of-the-art 21st-century classroom, complete with wireless notebooks or tablet PCs, interactive whiteboard, projector, printer, document camera, video camcorder and more.
Seventy-two percent of sweepstakes entrants reported that making every classroom a 21st-century classroom is their top goal, according to CDW-G and Discovery Education’s survey of entrants, but access to technology is a barrier, with one-third of entrants reporting using technology in class once a week or less.
“Given the current economy, Win a Wireless Lab provides a much needed boost for schools,” said Mary Rollins, vice president, Discovery Education. “Our survey asked entrants to rate the state of technology at their school, and only 25 percent rated it as excellent or good. We’re pleased to help bring about change that empowers educators to engage with students in learning and improve academic achievement.”
Each of the five grand prize winners will receive a 21st-century classroom valued at approximately $45,000, including:
The winning schools eagerl y anticipate benefits for both students and teachers:
In all, the 2009 Win a Wireless Lab program awarded prizes to 25 schools nationwide, totaling over $300,000. For a full list of prizes, please visit http://cdwg.discoveryeducation.com/new/site/prizes.cfm?pgid=prizes. The full list of winners is available at http://cdwg.discoveryeducation.com.
A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation, ranked No. 34 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions for federal, state and local government agencies, as well as educational institutions at all levels. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s technology specialists and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers can assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.
For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (N ASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.