Samsung makes $140,000 tech donation to FMPSD

Technology will provide new equipment to several public schools

By Kiran Malik-Khan, Fort McMurray Public School District


(Left to right) FMPSD students Connor Coutts, Blake Dixon and Carlee Coutts with Ali Syed, Director, FMPSD Technology. Supplied photo

We have more than 140,000 reasons to thank Samsung and Samsung Canada. The company has generously donated $140,000 in technology to the Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) and $100,000 cash to Red Cross in support of Fort McMurray.

Samsung’s classroom technology will provide new equipment in schools with damaged devices: Fort McMurray Islamic School, Greely Road School, Dr. K.A. Clark School, Fort McMurray Christian School, Westview School, as well as the temporarily combined Timberlea Public and Christina Gordon schools.

“The teamwork, strength and spirit demonstrated by Fort McMurray residents since tragedy struck in May continues to be an inspiration for our entire team,” said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada in a news release.

“As the focus turns to rebuilding this vibrant community, we look forward to working alongside the Canadian Red Cross and the Fort McMurray Public School District to help residents who need it most get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

Ali Syed, Director of Technology, FMPSD, was instrumental in making the donation happen for FMPSD.
“Following the wildfires, Samsung approached the District on how they could help Fort McMurray and us. We discussed the assessment of technology resources used in the schools for our STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) camps and Tech-Trade Academies. Samsung was really interested in these programs. Consequently, the plan was set to help recover, rebuild and restore the STEM Camps and Tech-Trade Academies,” Syed explained.

“The 200 Samsung Galaxy Views will be used in these programs and in the daily instructional needs of those specific schools. There will be full professional development support plans for teachers – in place with the Technology Department. Samsung’s generous gift and active communication with FMPSD is something that both meets our current needs and helps our journey into the future of our programming,” he added.

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD appreciated the donation, calling it “ incredible support for our students and our school programming.”

“We have made technology a major focus in the District. Our students have won medals internationally in robotics and nationally at the Canada Wide Science Fair. With Samsung’s commitment to Fort McMurray Public students and our STEM programs, we will be well-positioned to continue our leadership in technology and related areas. We are thrilled to be the recipients of Samsung’s generosity,” Superintendent Nicholls said. Having new technology for our students and staff will clearly assist in the re-entry to schools and will help contribute to our comprehensive mental health plan. Samsung’s decision will not only benefit the District on the technology side, but also contribute to the mental well-being of our district. Thank you, Samsung, for your concern for our District and for our community.”

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