Local man Mark Quinn has secured a £500 technology grant for Keady based Clea Primary School.
Mark works for Power NI and the energy company has this Spring and Summer rolled out a £25K #MorePowerfulTogether employee initiative enabling 50 schools and nurseries throughout Northern Ireland to each receive £500 via a community focused Staff Fund initiative.
Staff were asked to nominate a school or nursery in their locality who they felt would really benefit from cash support to help the teachers, pupils and their families purchase devices, data and connectivity.
Gwyneth Compston, Power NI’s CSR Manager explains the rationale behind the scheme:
“Staff have always been an integral part of our community support programmes and this latest programme dovetails perfectly with our current role as a Business in the Community NI Digital Donations partner. We work closely with BITC (NI) on a whole range of community and sustainability projects, and we wanted to give staff the opportunity to offer practical help to their school communities.
Mark says, “Having staff programmes like this available to us is brilliant. The funding has enable Clea Primary to purchase two apple iPads to help pupils with their learning and development.
“Power NI supporting their staff in this way makes us feel more connected to and valued by the company. It enables us to make a real difference in our local community.”
Gwyneth Compston continues, “Digital access was a huge problem before the COVID pandemic struck, but the past year and a half has really brought it to the fore. We’d like to thank Mark and all our staff for their nominations as they are very much appreciated. With many people still working from home the initiative has really brought us all together with a common goal.
“We hope this contribution from Power NI and its staff will go some way to helping more children achieve their potential and go forward confidently and competently into the future world.”