BOISE, Idaho – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced today the grant winners from its Middle School Philanthropy program chosen by students at Sawtooth Middle School in Meridian. Student Council members, under the direction of advisor Jim Core, researched nonprofit organizations in the Treasure Valley area and chose the St. Luke’s Cares Program, the Women and Children’s Alliance and Big Brother, Big Sister of Southwest Idaho to share the $3,000 grant. The grants were awarded on May 17 at Sawtooth Middle School.
“CenturyLink is dedicated to enhancing the communities we serve in a meaningful way,” said Jim Schmit, vice president and general manager for CenturyLink in Idaho. “This program is a unique opportunity to enable students to connect with their community in a way that will raise awareness of needs and hopefully plant a seed with them for a lifelong interest in giving back.”
Sawtooth Middle School was one of eight middle schools in Idaho that participated in the program to determine how to each distribute $3,000 among nonprofit organizations impacting their particular community. A total of $24,000 will be awarded to local nonprofit organizations across the state through this program.
The program’s purpose is to increase awareness among middle school students of various needs in their communities. In addition, the program aims to create a lifelong interest in volunteerism and community involvement, develop skills to allocate limited resources and increase civic engagement.
“With the generous donation from CenturyLink, the Sawtooth Middle School student leaders were given the great opportunity to make a real difference in their community,” said Core. “After researching the numerous non-profit groups in Meridian, the students, after much debate, agreed on these three. The best thing is that all of the groups work directly with children in our school and community. This was something all of the students thought was most important. Thank you to the forward thinkers at CenturyLink for allowing these students, and all the students here at SMS, to see that giving to those in need is indeed a life-long responsibility.”
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink’s customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country’s largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.