Jul. 5, 2011 (Canada NewsWire Group) --
ST. JOHN'S, July 5, 2011 /CNW/ - The Bell Aliant Pioneers are marking 100 years of volunteering and community support by the TelecomPioneers and awarding twelve SMART Boards to schools in Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Across North America the TelecomPioneers are celebrating 100 years of community volunteering and fundraising," said Joan Neil, President of the local Pioneers Chapter. "In Newfoundland and Labrador the Bell Aliant Pioneers have been active since 1972 and to celebrate we are awarding twelve SMART Boards to schools in the province."
Over the past two months students around the province have been participating in a contest and have submitted presentations that highlight their schools' volunteer efforts, the history on the Bell Aliant Pioneers and what a SMART Board would mean to the school. In addition to the SMART Boards the Bell Aliant Pioneers will donate $500 to each of the schools who submitted a presentation. The total value of the donation by the Pioneers is $55,000.
"This donation reflects our commitment to funding programs that support literacy and education," said Neil. "Last year alone we recorded over 33,000 volunteer hours and donated over $73,000 across the province. In addition, among other projects, we delivered over 1,100 books for literacy and distributed 450 backpacks filled with school supplies donated by Bell Aliant employees and retirees to a variety of local community groups."
The winning schools were notified in time for their year-end assemblies and the SMART Boards will be delivered in time for the new school year. SMART Boards are being awarded to:
- Queen of Peace Middle School, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
- Green Bay South Academy, Robert's Arm
- E.A. Butler All Grade, Mckay's
- Xavier Junior High, Deer Lake
- Canon Richards Memorial Academy, Flower's Cove
- Coley's Point Elementary, Coley's Point
- Catalina Elementary, Catalina
- Random Island Academy, Random Island
- Ackerman Elementary, Green's Harbour
- Newtown Elementary, Mount Pearl
- Morris Academy, Mount Pearl
- Roncalli Elementary, St. John's
About the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers
The Bell Aliant Pioneers are a dynamic network of volunteers who move those in need from adversity to achievement. They've been working together for a hundred years now, and the positive impact they've had on the lives of the people they serve is immeasurable. They're confident in their ability to continue making the world a better place, starting right in their own hometowns. Deeply connected to their communities, each other and their sponsor Bell Aliant, they are committed to meeting the unique needs of their local communities through a number of grassroots projects and programs.
The work of the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers contributes to Bell Aliant's overall community investment program.
The Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers are part of TelecomPioneers, the largest industry-based volunteer organization in the world. The TelecomPioneers boast nearly 620,000 men and women throughout Canada and the United States who work together to make their communities better places in which to live and work.
Shawn Brown, Past President
Bell Aliant Pioneers Chapter 105