'13 Proves Lucky for Knox County, Ill., Which Wins Two Separate National Technology Sweepstakes

Mable Woolsey Elementary and Knox County Government Beat the Odds to Bring Technology to Local Citizens and Students

VERNON HILLS, Ill.--()--What are the chances that both the local elementary school and county government in rural Knox County, Ill., would win grand-prize technology packages in separate national sweepstakes? As it turns out, the probability of winning both contests is 1 in 3,781,875.

Despite the odds, Knox County accomplished the near impossible, winning grand prize technology packages in both the Win a Wireless Lab and Win a Technology Center sweepstakes. The community will get to see the technology in action at the March 26 Knox County board meeting, where students and county board members will share how the technology is directly benefitting 471 elementary students, 25 teachers and 52,000 citizens.

Lindsey Peterson, a third-grade teacher at Mable Woolsey Elementary School, submitted the winning entry in the 11th-annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes from CDW-G and Discovery Education. Knox County Public Schools submitted 64 of the 504,250 total entries received in 2013. “Our students are thrilled with how the new technology is helping them learn,” Peterson said. “And students aren’t the only ones loving it – our teachers now have the technology resources they need to expand their lesson plans and improve student engagement.”

Scott Erickson, Knox County clerk, submitted Knox County’s sole entry to the pool of 480 total entries in the Win a Technology Center Sweepstakes from CDW-G and the Center for Digital Government. “The technology will have a direct impact on how we interact with the citizens of Knox County,” Erickson said. “The upgrades will enable us to increase collaboration with residents and further improve citizen services. We can’t believe that our elementary school also won new technology for our students.”

Mable Woolsey’s prize package includes 36 tablet computers, an interactive whiteboard, student response system, printer, document camera and a $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant. CDW-G and Discovery Education also provided on-site training.

The Knox County Government won a grand prize technology package valued at more than $20,000, which includes 25 tablet computers, wireless access points, tablet cart, interactive whiteboard and vote set, laser printer, conference phone, document camera and one large-format display with supporting accessories.

“CDW-G participates in these sweepstakes to provide technology solutions where they are needed the most – in our schools and communities,” said David Hutchins, vice president of state and local government, CDW-G. “When we put technology into the hands of students, teachers and local government, everyone in the community benefits. We’re proud to be able to make a difference.”

For more information about Win a Wireless Lab, please visit www.winawirelesslab.com. For more information about Win a Technology Center, please visit www.govtech.com/sweepstakes.

About CDW-G

A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW (NASDAQ: CDW), CDW Government (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s solutions architects and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.

For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, email cdwgsales@cdwg.com or visit the CDW-G Web site at www.CDWG.com.

About the Center for Digital Government

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. The Center provides public- and private-sector leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help drive 21st-century government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education. Find more information at www.centerdigitalgov.com.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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CDW Public Relations
Kelly Caraher, 847-968-0729
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O’Keeffe & Company
Meredith Braselman, 703-883-9000 ext. 107
mbraselman@okco.com
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Discovery Education
Lyndsey Grubbs, 240-662-2572
Lyndsey_Grubbs@discovery.com
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Center for Digital Government
Patty Cota, 916-932-1300
pcota@erepublic.com

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Contacts

CDW Public Relations
Kelly Caraher, 847-968-0729
kellyc@cdw.com
or
O’Keeffe & Company
Meredith Braselman, 703-883-9000 ext. 107
mbraselman@okco.com
or
Discovery Education
Lyndsey Grubbs, 240-662-2572
Lyndsey_Grubbs@discovery.com
or
Center for Digital Government
Patty Cota, 916-932-1300
pcota@erepublic.com