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Posted by: Jane Broom
Today, Microsoft opened our seventh Microsoft Store, right here in our backyard in Bellevue, Washington. As with each of our previous store openings, we awarded grants to local community organizations as part of the Grand Opening. At a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner presented more than $1 million in technology grants to local Puget Sound organizations to help improve skills and education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for local students. The grants were based on how members of the local community voted on the Microsoft Store Facebook page. The grants include:
Steve Ballmer and Kevin Turner present a grant to FIRST Robotics Washington, one of four local organizations receiving more than $1 million in technology grants at the ribbon cutting ceremony to open Microsoft’s seventh retail store in Bellevue, WA.
These grants are not only part of our ongoing commitment to our home state of Washington and to improving STEM educational opportunities, but also our focus on extending Microsoft’s broad-based community commitment through our retail stores. We do this both through support of local organizations and through in-store events and activities for the community. In each of our stores, we offer free technology training courses and open our store up to local organizations like youth groups, schools, adult education and non-profits so that they can use our theater space – whether it’s for a training or a holiday morale event.
Our employees are very passionate about getting involved in local charitable efforts and each of our stores has a Community Development Specialist dedicated to working with local organizations to arrange in-store events and activities. To schedule a class or community event by contacting the store nearest you, go to: http://store.microsoft.com/community.