Best Buy awards community grant to Glen Lake Schools

BestBuy-TraverseCityFrom staff reports

Glen Lake Community Schools has received a $5,000 community grant from Best Buy. Leaders of the corporate retailer’s Traverse City location selected Glen Lake from submitted proposal requests because of the school’s dedication to closing the digital divide for teens and providing them access to opportunities through technology to help them excel in school, and develop 21st century work force skills.

“Glen Lake Community Schools were selected based on their need to provide opportunities for continued learning in the summer months, in a safe environment,” said Brian Sawa, general manager of Best Buy Traverse City. “The schools will provide a venue to experience real world learning, by documenting through video, and performing creative art forms for the community. The program will give art and technology opportunities to youth that would otherwise not have it, due to access, travel restrictions, and financial restrictions. Best Buy strives to be at the intersection of technology and life.”

The Best Buy Community Grants Program is led by employee committees in each of the company’s 12 territories across the United States. Best Buy believes its employees are best able to build and maintain lasting community partnerships and should be empowered to help direct funding to nonprofit organizations in their communities through Community Grants and TagTeam Awards for volunteerism. This year, Best Buy Children’s Foundation will give $2.75 million through the Community Grants Program.