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Softchoice, Lenovo and VMware award 10 deserving schools with Power Up technology grants

December 4, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Softchoice, a leading North American provider of IT solutions and managed services – together with program partners Lenovo and VMware – are thrilled to announce the names of 10 deserving schools from across North America who will receive 2017 Power Up grants for $10,000 each in classroom technology.

“Power Up helps establish a level playing field for under-resourced students who desperately need access to 21st-century technology,” said Vince De Palma, Softchoice’s President and CEO. “Working together with passionate principals and teachers from these 10 amazing schools, we believe that technology has the power to unleash the potential of every student and set them on the path to future success.”

The 2017 Power Up program was open to publicly-funded elementary and middle schools serving low-income neighborhoods in eight U.S. and Canadian communities. Winning schools were selected based on a significant economic need for their student population, a compelling need for technology resources, and a strong plan to improve learning outcomes for students while leveraging the technology in the classroom.

The following schools will each receive a $10,000 Softchoice Power Up grant for classroom technology:

• Drew Charter School, Atlanta
• John T. McCutcheon Elementary School, Chicago
• Palmer Elementary School, Chicago
• William Lipscomb Elementary School, Dallas
• Smith Elementary School, Denver
• Francisco Sepulveda Middle School, Los Angeles
• Roslyn Elementary School, Montreal
• Sacajawea Elementary School, Seattle
• St. John XXIII Catholic School, Toronto
• St. Wilfrid Catholic School, Toronto

“Since 2016, Power Up has put technology in the hands of more than 3,000 students who are passionate about learning,” said Lucille De Haitre, Sales Director, Public Sector, Lenovo Canada. “Every single child deserves the same opportunity to succeed in the classroom, and we are proud to welcome another 4,000 students to the Power Up family this year.”

“It was incredibly moving to read each application and see how committed these schools are to student success,” said Tara Fine, senior director, Channels, VMware Canada. “What makes this program remarkable is that it is the result of a true partnership between educators, students and their families, local school boards and districts, businesses, and employees working together in high-needs communities across North America. VMware congratulates all of the winning schools.”

Power Up grants are funded through program partners Lenovo and VMware, as well as the generosity of Softchoice employee donations through the company’s philanthropic initiative – Softchoice Cares. Power Up applications were evaluated and winners were selected by members of the employee-led Softchoice Cares board and Power Up ambassadors from Softchoice, Lenovo and VMware.

For more information on the Softchoice Power Up technology grant program, please visit

About Softchoice

Softchoice is one of the largest IT solution and managed service providers in North America. Every day, thousands of organizations rely on Softchoice to provide insight and expertise that speeds the adoption of technology, while managing cost and risk. Softchoice enables organizations to realize the full benefits of public cloud and a modern IT infrastructure through solution design, implementation, asset management, and assessment services, as well as ongoing support and mentorship through managed services. Our employee-driven philanthropic program, Softchoice Cares, focusses on helping to "bridge the digital divide” and provide equal access to education and knowledge through technology in communities across North America and around the world.

Media Contact:

Joel Hoidas
Manager of Communications, Softchoice
Phone: 416-588-9002 ext. 222590
Email: joel.hoidas [at]