Education is Crucial

Crucial Technology, a division of Micron, has announced that it will donate up to $100,000 worth of server memory upgrades to Idaho public schools through the Education is Crucial program. The program is intended to help Idaho schools increase the performance level in their existing computer systems. Idaho schools received $87,000 in memory upgrades last year through the Education is Crucial program, now in its second year. Applications are being handled by the Idaho Department of Education. Schools need only complete an online survey to apply, with memory upgrading to be administered on a needs-first basis.

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First for Education Grants

Carolina First Corp. has established the Carolina First for Education Foundation with a $12.6 million endowment. The foundation will provide education and community-based grants to teachers and public schools in South Carolina for projects that will help bring the state to the educational forefront, including grants for technology initiatives such as purchasing computers. All grants will be awarded based on evaluation of a written application. For an application form, write to the Carolina First For Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1029, Greenville, SC 29602.

(864) 255-4780

Learning to Win

Cloudscape, a leader in database management solutions, is offering its Cloudscape 100% Pure Java database to schools at no charge through the new Learning to Win program. Learning to Win is designed to encourage students to learn the Java programming language and experiment with building applications in Java. Cloudscape says it is the first company to offer free Java SQL databases for schools to use as educational resources.

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Schools Online Internet Access

Schools without classroom internet access are eligible to apply for Schools Online equipment grants. The Schools Online grant program offers schools simple, cost-effective internet access, together with local support and training in its use. Participating schools are asked to designate a committed person to manage the equipment and participate in training. Schools are also asked to provide either a telephone line along with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) account for dial-up access, or a network connection to the world wide web. Schools Online has helped more than 5,000 classrooms get internet access in just over two years. Schools Online is supported by corporate, educational, and individual partners.

(408) 501-0770

$93 million from U.S. Department of Education

To help create high-quality after-school programs, $93 million to 176 communities nationwide under the 21st Century Community Learning Center program. The grants will enable schools to stay open longer in order to provide a safe haven for children. Programs include technology education and other supervised activities. The department received 2,000 applications requesting $900 million in funding under this grant competition. In response to the high demand for funding, President Clinton has requested in his 2000 budget proposal a $600 million allocation for next year’s competition.

$3.3 million in computer equipment from Gtech Corp.

For its new After School Advantage program, $3.3 million worth of computers, software, and volunteer hours over the next three years to schools and community centers in states where the lottery operator has a presence. Selected schools will receive an average of $20,000 in equipment and volunteer hours under the program. Gtech will work with each site to design and develop a fully operational computer center for after-school use. The program is initially being rolled out in California, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Texas and will later spread to all other states in which Gtech operates.

$265,000 in equipment and services from Sprint PCS

For its new “Stay-in-Touch” pilot program, $265,000 worth of phones and air-time to seven Chicago high schools. The Stay-in-Touch program, being piloted in selected Chicago public schools, aims to foster improved communication between teachers and parents and to bolster high school student attendance. The program will provide Sprint PCS phones with free air-time to all 9th and 10th grade homeroom teachers in the participating schools. The idea is that the teachers would be able to contact the parents of students who are not in class.

$150,000 from Citigroup Foundation

To fund the installation of Classroom Inc. career simulation software, $150,000 to 125 schools in South Dakota. Combined with funds from the South Dakota Department of Education and the South Dakota Community Foundation, the grant will include the installation of Classroom Inc. as well as computer training for teachers. Classroom Inc. software simulates “real-life” workplace experiences in a number of career categories, including banking and economics, the environment, healthcare, the hospitality industry, civics, and publishing. Students work in teams under the guidance of teachers, using the software to build and run a business over the course of a semester or full school year.


$128,000 from MediaOne

For its COOL Awards for Outstanding Educators, $128,000 split among 16 winning teams of teachers and administrators from around the country. The COOL program, or Community Outreach and Online Learning initiative, is designed to encourage educators to work as teams to develop innovative classroom applications for video and internet technologies. Each winning team, composed of three teachers and one administrator, received a cash grant of $8,000, plus four computers, internet training, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where an awards ceremony was held. Teams were judged based on creativity, leadership, participation, and outcomes.

$60,000 from LSI Logic Corp.

To purchase computer equipment, software, and other materials, $60,000 to Milpitas High School in California. Proceeds from LSI Logic’s annual 10K run and 5K walk will help the high school put state-of-the-art technologies in its new math and science building, set to open in the fall. In its 9-year history, the LSI Logic Classic Run has raised nearly $400,000 for the Milpitas Unified School District. More than 600 people participated in this year’s event.

$25,000 from Lucent Technologies

To help launch a technology academy, $25,000 to Dieruff High School in Allentown, Pa. The academy, which could open for the 2000-01 school year, would prepare students for careers in new technologies. It would be the fifth specialized academy in the Allentown School District, with others focusing on industries such as the arts, healthcare, science, and fitness. Dieruff’s plans also include a mentorship program with Lucent.

$10,000 from KPMG

For the support of improvements in technology education, $10,000 to the Fairfax (Va.) Public Schools Education Foundation. Projects might include expansion of computer labs, software purchases, and the development of specialized technology courses. KPMG, an accounting, tax, and consulting firm, said it will make the donation annually.