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Iowa And Ohio Schools Win Grand Prizes In The CDW-G And Discovery Channel School "Win A Wireless Lab" Sweepstakes
Vernon Hills, Ill. - October 1, 2003 - CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), and Discovery Channel School today announced that Sidney Middle School in Sidney, Ohio and Holy Family School in Davenport, Iowa are the "Win a Wireless Lab" sweepstakes grand prize winners. The sweepstakes was part of a joint initiative between the two companies to assist kindergarten through twelve (K-12) schools to integrate technology into their curriculums. Each lab includes 20 laptops, wireless gear and digital projectors among other products from leading technology manufacturers.
K-12 teachers and technology coordinators from around the nation submitted more than 100,000 entries representing approximately 24,000 schools - roughly a quarter of all U.S. K-12 schools. Thirty other schools received prizes including digital projectors, printers and curriculum materials from the Discovery Channel School library. HP, NETGEAR and InFocus contributed prizes for the contest.
As part of the initiative, CDW-G and Discovery produced a curriculum kit themed "All About Computers" designed for middle and high school students. In addition, the companies created and distributed 50,000 posters about wireless technology to schools nationwide.
"Technology enhances student performance when used in conjunction with a solid curriculum," said Chris Rother, CDW-G's vice president of education. "We are thrilled to award these wireless computer labs to assist the schools in making technology widely available to all their students."
Beyond being a trusted partner to education customers for IT products and services, CDW-G supports and funds numerous programs for teachers, school IT administrators and students including an annual digital art and essay contest. The company recently sponsored a research study of teachers' attitudes about technology in the classroom.
"We're still kind of in awe that we won," said Amy Kersten, Holy Family's technology coordinator. "When you bring the network to the students instead of bringing the students to the network, you have more time to devote to teaching and learning. This lab will be a terrific asset in making technology complement our curriculum."
Opened in 1899, Holy Family serves 281 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and is part of a three-school cooperative within the Davenport Diocese. The school will share the prize with Sacred Heart and St. Alphonsus, the other two cooperative members. Representatives from CDW-G and Discovery today formally presented the prize and gave a wireless technology demonstration to students.
"This computer lab accelerates part of our technology roadmap by five years," said Todd Rappold, principal of Sidney Middle School (SMS), which serves students in grades six through eight. "We are fortunate that our community is very supportive of education. SMS is moving into a brand new $18 million facility in December. Winning this lab is icing on the cake."
A wholly-owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (Nasdaq: CDWC), CDW-G addresses the unique needs of the government and education markets with brand name technology products and services. CDW-G is a leading source of technology products and services from top name brands such as APC, Apple, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sony, Symantec, Toshiba and ViewSonic. For more information about CDW-G's product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.863.4239 or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.
About Discovery Communications, Inc.
Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media and entertainment company, with operations in more than 155 countries and territories with over 700 million cumulative subscribers.
DCI is a founding member of Cable in the Classroom. Each Discovery network provides specific programming for free use in schools. Discovery Channel Global Education Fund (DCGEF) supplies technology and programming to the world's under-resourced communities. Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge is an annual, nationwide science competition for middle school students.
DCI's 33 networks of distinctive programming represent 14 entertainment brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids and a family of newer, targeted channels.