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Leon County Elementary School Wins Technology Grand Prize

Samsung’s Hope for Education, Microsoft Corporation, and DIRECTV, Inc, along with teen music star Jordan Pruitt, presented Oak Ridge Elementary School in Tallahassee with more than $200,000 in technology products, software, cash grants and educational television programming packages at a special assembly for students, teachers and local dignitaries. Oak Ridge Elementary School won the grand prize in Samsung’s fifth annual Hope for Education essay contest. This year’s essay question addressed the environment, asking entrants, “How has technology educated you on helping the environment, and how or why has it changed your behavior to be more environmentally friendly?" The winning entry was submitted by Sally Feehrer, a second grade teacher at Oak Ridge Elementary.

Oak Ridge Elementary received LCD high definition televisions, laptops, multi-function products, smart phones, digital camcorders and cameras, blu-ray players, LCD computer monitors, and color printers, as well as Microsoft’s latest, award-winning software from Samsung. The program’s newest partner, DIRECTV, provided cash grants and the SCHOOL CHOICE® educational television programming package. Ms. Feehrer was also awarded the Samsung Ultra Mobile PC, a handheld multi-media PC which features a 7” LCD screen and built-in keyboard.

Oak Ridge Elementary School was also awarded a classroom assistance dog at the ceremony for the school’s special education classroom. Samsung works with the National Education for Assistance Dog Service (NEADS) to provide an assistance dog to the winning school. Since 1976, NEADS has provided specially trained dogs for nearly 1,000 deaf and disabled children and adults.

Samsung’s Hope for Education contest was first announced in 2004. Since the original launch, more than 280 U.S. schools in 43 states have benefited from more than $9 million in technology, software, cash grants and educational television programming package.