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Casio Grants help Local Schools Ease Budget Pressure Making Brighter Future For Students
 May 5, 2005

Contact: Denise Ruiz-Cabrera
Casio, Inc.
973-361-5400
pr@casio.com

Lillian Ayala
HWH Public Relations
212-355-5049
layala@hwhpr.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CASIO GRANTS HELP LOCAL SCHOOLS EASE BUDGET PRESSURE
MAKING BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR STUDENTS
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Casio Sweepstakes Awards $40,000 in Technology and Funding
to Schools in Birmingham, AL and Pomona, CA
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DOVER, NJ, May 5th, 2005 – CASIO, Inc., a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, will award $20,000 in much-needed funding and technology products to two U.S. school districts as the result of a sweepstakes launched on April 6th at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics meeting in Anaheim, CA. The contest is part of a series of initiatives launched by Casio to help ease the financial burdens facing many school districts, and to help schools be able to provide students with innovative technology that is important for math and science education.

All 1,200 attendees at the Casio sponsored NCSM luncheon were provided with numbered brochures to fill out and submit for a random drawing. After the close of the conference, two entrants were selected to receive a grand prize of $20,000, made payable to their school districts.

"School officials at state, district, and local levels are all facing increased pressure to do more with less funding. We see examples of the budget challenges school districts are encountering in the news everyday," says Matthew Weiss, Director of Marketing, Calculators, for Casio, Inc. "Casio has worked hard to understand these concerns and is proud to offer technology and programs – such as this sweepstakes – that are both innovative and affordable. We want school districts to be able to maximize their technology investments AND provide their students with technology that meets their everyday classroom needs. We take this very seriously."

The winning school districts – Birmingham City Schools in Birmingham, AL and Pomona Unified School District in Pomona, CA – will each receive a $20,000 grant. $10,000 of the grant can be used by the district to purchase Casio educational products, such as graphing and scientific calculators. The other $10,000 dollars can be deposited in the math or operating budget of the district to be used in whatever way the district determines.

Representatives from Casio will visit each school district individually to present the awards in a special ceremony. The events will take place in Birmingham, AL on May 19 and in Pomona, CA on June 14.

Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Casio, Inc., markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, portable color TVs, timepieces (Wrist Technology), cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio, the unexpected extra – for more information visit our web site at www.casio.com.