SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 6, 2005 — The Intel Volunteer Matching Grant Program, which has served Intel communities in the United States since 1995, is being launched in China, Costa Rica, India, Ireland and Malaysia after successful international pilots in the Philippines and Israel last year.

The Intel Volunteer Matching Grant Program has raised almost $10 million for schools over the past 10 years. During this time, Intel employees have volunteered more than 1.2 million hours in classrooms, reading with first graders, explaining algebra equations and providing real-world examples of an engineer’s daily tasks; all in an effort to demonstrate to children that their education and well-being matter to adults in their communities.

Charlene Cook, principal at J.L. Mulready Elementary in Hudson, Mass., stated, ‘Intel volunteers make a difference in our community and in our school. Our students benefit academically from having these enthusiastic volunteers in the classroom, and their confidence and attitudes toward learning improve too.’

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