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2017 Teachers and Technology Grants

CenturyLink Foundation’s grant program puts technology in the hands of students

By Kristy LaCroix

Drones, robots, Chromebooks and more! These are just a few of the items being made available to students through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology Program.

The program, started in 2008, provides grants of up to $5,000 on behalf of teachers in preK-12 public, private and charter schools in CenturyLink’s residential service areas to purchase technology equipment for their classrooms.  This spring CenturyLink teams around the country are making surprise visits to classrooms to present 309 grants totaling nearly $1.4 million.

Teachers like Kirk Miller of Olympus High School in Holladay, Utah, apply for grants by outlining their requests and describing how the equipment would impact their students. Mr. Miller’s grant for Student Broadcast Equipment was recently presented with some help from his students who were in on the surprise. They have a great story to tell and we’re happy to be able to support their efforts!

Firelands High School, Teachers and Technology grant winners

Another teacher, Thomas Moyer of Firelands High School in Oberlin, Ohio and his students are preparing to explore science in a whole new way due to his project titled Advancing Laboratory Skills into the 21st Century. With a Teachers and Technology grant of $4,895, the school will be able to purchase wireless scientific probes and tablets for Mr. Moyer to implement in his science curriculum. His hope is that this equipment will help bring science to life for his students and further engage them in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts leading to an interest in STEM careers.

STEM education is a common theme in our grant applications and helping grow STEM programs is a focus for CenturyLink to ensure that more students engage in STEM fields to meet the future needs of our company and nation.

Grassy Lake Elementary, Teachers and Technology grant winners

Students in Lesa Roe’s class at Grassy Lakes Elementary in Minneola, Florida are getting an early start on STEM exposure. The school received a grant of nearly $3,000 to integrate robotics into critical areas of science, allowing elementary students to learn coding, solve real world problems and work on complex engineering challenges. Mrs. Roe is shown here with (from left) CenturyLink’s Central Florida Market Development Manager Deborah Rios-Barnes and Manager of Region Operations Mike DeGraw.These are just a few examples of the projects that we have been able to support this year. Surprise check presentations will continue through May 15 and, once complete, we’ll share a list of all of our 2016-17 grant recipients along with more photos and stories.

If you are a full-time classroom teacher in a K-12 public, private or charter school in a CenturyLink service area and would like to bring more technology into your classroom, please consider applying for our 2017-18 grants. Our online application will be available at www.centurylink.com/teachersandtechnology from October 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018. CenturyLink service is neither required nor considered in the review of these grants.presentations will continue through May 15 and, once complete, we’ll share a list of all of our 2016-17 grant recipients along with more photos and stories.

If you have questions regarding the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program, contact community_relations@centurylink.com.

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