Garfield Upper Elementary Receives $2000 Best Buy Teach Award

Garfield Upper Elementary announced that it has received a $2,000 Teach Award from Best Buy Co., Inc. for integrating interactive technology into its curriculum.

Class members of Dan Brown’s Fifth Grade used their video production skills to produce a film that was entered into a national competition. Students wrote the script, shot the video, edited it by adding music and sound effects. Students enhance their writing, technical, and social skills by working on the project. The writing and filming of the movie bonded the class together as a team.

This year, Best Buy Teach Awards of $2,000 were given to 1,300 schools to sustain or enhance existing educational programs. An additional 50 schools were awarded $10,000 for technology-based programs they have successfully implemented. Eight school districts will also receive $100,000 awards, which will be announced in May 2008.

“Teachers are finding creative ways to engage students by using technology hands-on; we want to support their efforts by helping them enhance or expand these programs,” said Paula Prahl, vice president, public affairs, Best Buy Co., Inc. “We know that schools are the cornerstones of these communities where our employees, customers, and their families live and work.”

Since 2003, the Best Buy Teach Award Program has rewarded schools that creatively integrate interactive technology into their curricula. Over the past four years, nearly 5,000 schools nationwide have received $14 million in Teach Awards, reaching 1.5 million K-12 students. All accredited, public and private nonprofit elementary, middle and secondary schools located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store are eligible.

Visit http://www.BestBuy.com/CommunityRelations for more information about how Best Buy supports communities and the education and technology-based partnerships and programs. Maybe your school will be next!

If you or your school has received a Best Buy Teach Award, please add a comment to this blog post.

Submitted by Dan Brown

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