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CASIO EMPOWERS CHICAGO’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS THROUGH MATH EDUCATION
Company Donates Graphing Calculators and Free Customized Professional Development
DOVER, NJ - March 1, 2010 - Casio America, Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, today announced that they recently donated $500,000 worth of the company's fx-9860G Slim graphing calculators and professional development services to the Chicago Public School System.
As one of the world’s largest public school systems with over 675 public schools, 25,000 teachers and 409,000 students, Casio’s education initiative allowed students and teachers to engage in more hands-on learning in classrooms throughout Chicago.
"Like every public school system in the country, Chicago Public Schools are not immune to the financial strain that public schools face as a result of the recession. Casio is proud to contribute to Chicago by offering calculators that are not only affordable but also accessible and invaluable to the development of Chicago's students," said Greg Yurchuk, director of marketing of Casio's Education Division. "Casio's involvement does not end at the checkout counter after a calculator is purchased. We partner with school systems to offer educators free customized professional development services and students free homework help to provide students with a competitive edge in mathematics."
In addition to receiving donations of 5,000 Casio graphing calculators, Casio Education experts offered training to Chicago-based teachers in January. Teachers from participating schools were invited to attend the workshop and received complimentary training on the new graphing calculators with Casio Education experts.
"Casio's donation will help enhance mathematics learning for our students by increasing the availability of these critical learning tools in our classroom," said Ron Huberman, chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. "More CPS students will be able to work on their own device in the classroom and we believe that this kind of hands-on learning is essential for academic success."
All of Casio’s graphing calculators are approved for use on AP, SAT I/II, PSAT/NMSQT, ACT and Illinois State Exams. Customized training and professional development accompany the purchase of Casio calculators free of charge. Casio has developed a comprehensive educational support program for the Chicago School District that includes free on-line training for students and teachers, affordable calculator trade-in programs and a Reward Points Program. Additionally, students can receive 45 minutes of complimentary homework help from TutorJam with the purchase of any Casio Calculator.
For more information and additional benefits of Casio calculators, visit www.CasioEducation.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.