Ballyclare High pupils to benefit thanks to Power NI grant

Mum-of-four Alicia McCauley, who works at Power NI’s Antrim base, has secured a £500 technology grant for her son Ryan and daughter Erin’s school, Ballyclare High.

Wednesday, 26th May 2021, 4:07 pm

Power NI has rolled out a £25K #MorePowerfulTogether staff fund enabling 50 schools and nurseries throughout Northern Ireland to each receive £500 via a community focused staff centered 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.

Alicia McCauley (centre) with her daughter Erin and school principal, Dr Michelle Rainey.

“We work closely with BITC (NI) on a whole range of community and sustainability projects, and we wanted to give staff the opportunity to also offer practical help to their school communities.”

Alicia added: “Staff programmes like this are a real bonus for schools throughout Northern Ireland and are very much appreciated by teachers and pupils alike, especially in the current pandemic circumstances.

“The school purchased a laptop with the money to help students with their online learning at home and for use in school. As our two older boys are former pupils of Ballyclare High, our whole family has been very much involved with Ballyclare and we’re thrilled to be able to give something back to the school.”

Gwyneth concluded: “Digital access was a huge problem before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, but the past year has really brought it to the fore. We’d like to thank Alicia and all our staff for their nominations as they are very much appreciated. With many people working from home the initiative has really brought us all together with a common goal.

“We hope this contribution from Power NI and our staff will go some way to helping more children and young people achieve their potential and go forward confidently and competently into the future world.”

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