St. Stephens receives $25K grant

An area high school received a grant for $25,000 to purchase technology equipment.

Best Buy of Hickory selected St. Stephens High School to receive an Intel Technology Grant after the store won a regional contest.

“They can use it for computers, technology – pretty much anything that has to do with computing,” said Bobby Ormand, Best Buy store manager.

Intel partnered with Best Buy to train the store’s employees on its core processors. Throughout the training, Intel’s “Score with Core” program gave store employees points during the training, and the store with the most points in the region received $25,000 in Intel equipment for a school of their choice.

“The store really got behind the contest when they found out about the opportunity to get some money for the schools,” Ormand said.

The Hickory Best Buy was one of four stores in the region to participate in the contest. When the store won the Intel contest, store employees could select any area school they wished to receive the funding. The Hickory store voted on which school they wanted to have the money.

“There’s a lot of individuals that work in the store that went to St. Stephens and felt like it was a good place to give back to,” Ormand said. “We did a store tally, and St. Stephens received the most votes.”

When St. Stephens principal DeAnna Taylor heard the good news, she was shocked.

“It was phenomenal,” she said. “You talk about giving back to the community – that was just great.”

Taylor said the school hasn’t received the equipment yet, but students and faculty are looking forward to the new technology.

“You’ve got this $25,000 gift,” Taylor said. “I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘Nothing’s free.” But the funds were free to St. Stephens, and Finger said she’s grateful to Best Buy employees for thinking of the school.