Acer today announced a donation of 80 laptops to promising students from priority communities who were selected by the Toronto Blue Jays’ charitable organization, Jays Care Foundation, and as part of the Jays Care Home Run Scholars Program.
“As an Official Partner of the Toronto Blue Jays, Acer is thrilled to be able to make a real impact with these deserving students,” said Terry Tomecek, General Manager, Acer Canada. “Technology has proven to be a transformative tool in education and improving people’s lives, so this donation is a natural fit in our partnership with the Blue Jays.”
Last night the Home Run Scholars students were recognized and hosted in a suite at Rogers Centre, where they were each surprised with an Acer laptop to take home. The students each received Acer’s new thin and light Aspire V5-552P-7480 notebook, valued at $599.99. It includes a high-definition 15.6-inch touch screen, AMD processor, 6GB of memory, 500GB hard drive, Dolby Advanced Audio, Windows 8, and a webcam.
The Home Run Scholars program helps youth in priority communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education or training. Through mentoring, tutoring, and financial support it helps students pursue their educational and career goals. The program has doubled high school graduation rates among participants, and dropout rates have declined by as much as 70 per cent in participating communities. In 2014, Jays Care Foundation expanded the Home Run Scholars program through a $1 million national partnership with Pathways to Education.
“The Home Run Scholars program aims to help students at risk of leaving school obtain a high school diploma and continue on to post-secondary education,” said Danielle Bedasse, Jays Care Foundation Executive Director. “We are proud of our $1 million investment in Pathways to Education to achieve this goal. It is tremendous to have a partner like Acer step up to the plate and help us deliver such an important resource for these students.”
“Acer has been an exceptional partner in their first year with the Toronto Blue Jays. We are delighted Acer chose to connect with deserving students through Jays Care Foundation and the Home Run Scholars program,” added Stephen Brooks, Senior Vice President of Business Operations for the Toronto Blue Jays.
In March, Acer became an Official Partner of the Toronto Blue Jays, announcing it will support the team with a national marketing campaign throughout the 2014 season.
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