Friday 20 October 2017

School finds itself in a new circle of friends

Amber O'Sullivan (10), from St Peter's primary school in Bray, Co Wicklow, with with Ciara Donnelly of Salesforce. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography
Amber O'Sullivan (10), from St Peter's primary school in Bray, Co Wicklow, with with Ciara Donnelly of Salesforce. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

A primary school has landed a grant worth more than €90,000 to allow it to build important resources like a library, computer room and multi-sensory rooms, thanks to a US-based education initiative.

St Peter's primary school, Bray, Co Wicklow is now part of the Circle the Schools programme, through which local companies adopt a school.

Circle the Schools was originally created by sf.citi (The San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation) and local education partners in that city. It focusses on helping schools to build digital literacy and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.

Salesforce.org, a cloud computing company with a HQ in San Francisco and a base in Leopardstown, Co Dublin, has now brought it to Ireland.

A school is matched with a Salesforce executive and a team of employees who will participate in volunteer activities throughout the year. Activities will include setting up a CoderDojo at St Peter's as well as rolling out a programme to help parents get up to speed with technology.

St Peter's is in the Department of Education's DEIS scheme for schools in disadvantaged communities .

While the grant will be paid over the next year, Saleforce is also looking at building a long-term relationship with the school.

Irish Independent

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