Futurekids announces HELP Team Consortium Receives Prestigious EdNet 2007 Award for Work in Gulf Coast Hurricane Areas

The Hurricane Education Leadership Program (HELP Team) was named the recipient of the EdNet 2007 Rookie of the Year Award at the annual EdNet conference in Chicago on Sept. 11. The annual award program recognizes businesses and non-profit organizations that have made important contributions to the education community.

The non-profit HELP Team is a consortium of education organizations, foundations and technology-focused companies who came together two years ago to respond to the Hurricane Rita and Katrina disasters.

The HELP team is responsible for support, consulting and providing educational technology-related resources at no, or minimal cost to schools that were damaged or destroyed and to students who have been displaced as a result of the hurricane.

Terry Smithson, manager of the HELP Team Program and Education Program Manager with Intel Corporation, was honored with the award.
“This is a complete team effort,” Smithson commented. “Everyone involved has been a terrific help. We’re well on our way to building better learning environments, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. We’re going to continue to function as a group until our job is done, which could take many more years.”

Dzana Homan, CEO of Futurekids, was honored that the team was selected. “We’re committed to making a difference and having a real impact in the schools that were hit so hard. We want to go beyond rebuilding. We want to give teachers and their students’ real 21st century technology skills. We’re in it for the long haul.”

About the Help Team
The HELP Team is made up of key members of many of the nation’s top technology educators, companies and organizations including Futurekids, Intel, Apple Computer, McGraw-Hill, Dell Computer, Scholastic, Carnegie Learning, and SMART Technologies. Key2Ed, Ignite Learning, DyKnow, Thinkronize, eInstruction, Cable in the Classroom. Pitsco, the Princeton Review, ISTE, SIIA, Tiger Woods Learning Center, Impact Partnerships and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools are also involved. For more information about the HELP Team, log onto http://www.educationhelpteam.org/.

About EdNET
The EdNet Industry Awards program was created in 1992 to champion the efforts of progressive organizations helping to revitalize the nation’s educational system. The program was been a focal point of the EdNET Conference, which brings together education executives, school administrators and policy-makers.

About Futurekids
Futurekids is the premier provider of technology teacher training solutions for schools and universities around the world. Futurekids has a 22-year record of success in technology education. Their core competency is providing technology training as it relates to teaching and learning. They have relationships and achievements with many key educational partners such as Intel, IBM and Dell.  For more information on Futurekids, please visit http://www.futurekids.com/.

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