I have just graduated from high school in the lower mainland near Vancouver, BC;
My recent years at school though where filled with blender. I had overheard that the school would be starting a 3d program, so I talked to the tech department and found out that they would be using wings 3d, and anim8or.
I showed them blender, blender.org, and the HUGE community i.e. blender artists forum and etc. Plus explained the whole open source thing to them to.
They where impressed and decided to stray from the curriculum, and go with blender.
Although unaware when persuading them, I was now responsible for the program.
I spent countless hours making tutorials for them, teaching the teachers the software, and setting up the animating course next year which will also be using blender.
There will also be a game course the following year which will be using blenders game engine, and some of my demos + others.
If anyone wants there tutorials, assets, or games to be used in educating. Let me know and I will include them in some lesson plans.