Intel has presented 21 schools from seven different counties a total of $20,540 through the Intel Volunteer Matching Grants programme. This programme recognizes the volunteer work that Intel employees do in their local schools by matching this time with money for the schools. The programme, which is funded by the Intel Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Intel, has been in existence in the US for a number of years but this is only the second time that the Intel Foundation is funding the programme in Ireland.

Lisa Harlow, Intel Ireland External Relations manager spoke at the cheque presentation ceremony, “As a volunteer in my own child’s school, I particularly like this programme and what it helps schools and communities to achieve. I’m delighted that 21 schools were able to benefit from the money that was earned by the volunteers.”

Intel employees register their school at the start of the year and commit to complete at least 20 hours in their school. For every 20 hours of volunteering completed in the school by one or more Intel employees, the Intel Foundation gives the school the equivalent of $200.

The money is distributed to the schools once each year with assistance from a local non-government organization (NGO). In Ireland this NGO is the National University of Ireland Maynooth. NUIM’s Bursar Mike O’Malley attended the presentation last week, “We’re delighted to be a part of this great programme. As an organisation that is also deeply involved in education in the local community I admire the initiatives that Intel organises in the local community.”

The schools involved in the Intel Volunteer Matching Grants Programme this year are:

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Leamhcán, Co Átha Cliath

Scoil San Trease, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin

St. Patrick’s National School, Diswelstown, Dublin 15

Scoil Bhríde, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

Scoil San Carlo Junior, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

The Glebe Junior Montessori School, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

St. Raphael’s, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

The Saplings School Kilwarden, Kill, Co. Kildare

Scoil Mochua, Aghards, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Caragh National School, Co. Kildare

North Kildare Educate Together NS, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

St. Joseph’s BNS, Kilcock, Co. Kildare

St. Brigid’s NS, Kill Village, Co. Kildare

Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Prosperous, Co. Kildare

St. Brigid’s NS, Coon, Co. Kilkenny

Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa, Kilcloon, Co. Meath

Kilbride National School, Clonee, Co. Meath

St. Colmas NS, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Holy Family, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

St. Patrick’s, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

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