Primary schools across the Island have been helping JT to collect and recycle last year’s telephone directories in return for new tech as part of their ‘Books for Tablets’ annual campaign.
Fifteen schools participated in the competition, collecting a total of 8,312 directories. JT pledged to give one tablet for every 150 phone books collected by each school, meaning that they have donated a total of 60 tablets this year.
St Luke’s Primary School’s pupils, parents, teachers and supporters collected 2,250 directories - the most collected this year by any school. Natasha Marriott from JT presented St Luke’s with 15 brand new Alcatel tablets and, as an extra prize, the school also received a free coding workshop, run by Richard Rolfe and Jonathan Channing, organisers of National Coding Week, which JT sponsors.
Emily Pitcher, St Luke’s Primary School IT Coordinator and Year 1 Teacher, said: “We are so thankful to JT for awarding our school with these tablets. We are always looking for ways to develop the children’s learning experiences and the use of technology is a fundamental part of that. Some pupils are Digital Leaders and they will each be given a tablet to research new apps as well as keeping the school blog up to date. Year 1 will also benefit from having six tablets in their class to extend their learning.”
Tamara O’Brien, Head of Marketing, Brand and Distribution at JT, said: “It is essential that we teach digital skills to young people, and it is equally important that our children appreciate the importance of recycling and reducing waste. This campaign achieves both of these aims and JT is proud to be involved.”
Pictured: The tablets won by St Luke's School in JT's telephone book collecting competition.
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