Minnesota School Hosts Golf Tournament to Raise Money for Interactive Whiteboards

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EXCELSIOR, MN--Focused on providing all students with increased technology in the classroom at St. John the Baptist School, their 3rd annual golf tournament was dedicated to raising money for the purchase of additional Hitachi StarBoard interactive whiteboards.

"Our annual golf tournament provides us with an event to help raise funding for school improvements with no impact on our operating budget," said Mike Moch, principal at St. John the Baptist. "Each year we select a unique project and this year we believe StarBoards were a great way to utilize the money raised."

St. John the Baptist School in Excelsior, Minnesota put the Hitachi StarBoard FX Duo 77 to the test. Beginning with the purchase of one 77-inch Hitachi Starboard and another competitive model, St. John's wanted to decide which one would be the right choice for implementation across the entire school.

"After we had a chance to evaluate both, the Hitachi Starboard definitely came out as the winner," Mr. Moch said. "Its ease-of-use, large scale of capabilities, and the fact that it was a more cost-effective solution led to our decision to go with StarBoards."

St. John the Baptist now has over ten Hitachi FX Duo 77 boards in the school and has also purchased the award winning Hitachi CP-A100 ultra short-throw projector for one of the classrooms, all purchased through Phoenix based Troxell Communications.

According to Moch, the investment in Hitachi Starboards has already paid off--teachers that usually tutor students offsite in the summer have instead been able to utilize the StarBoards at school.

"Additionally, our teachers are very excited about having this new educational tool for their use during the upcoming school year. In fact, we have already put a program into place where we have paired more technically savvy teachers with those who aren't so that they can learn from their peers, which is the best way to utilize the StarBoards in their lessons."

Mr. Moch added that teachers have noticed increased participation from students who weren't necessarily active learners in the past. "We haven't changed the way we teach, but we have changed our method of teaching, which has caused a wave of excitement that will certainly make the classroom more fun this upcoming school year."

For more information on Troxell Communications please visit: www.trox.com

ABOUT HITACHI

Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc., Business Group, subsidiary of Hitachi America, Ltd., markets LCD projectors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEM.

Hitachi Software Engineering America, Ltd. develops advanced interactive communications
tools for education, training and boardroom applications including interactive whiteboards,
plasma displays and tablets all powered by the company's category-leading StarBoard software. Go to www.hitachi-soft.com .

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Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us .

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501) headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 390,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2007 (ended March 31, 2008) consolidated revenues totaled 11,226 billion yen ($112.2 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at www.hitachi.com








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