YUMA, AZ, Feb. 26, 2008 — Writing, planning and producing a daily newscast is helping Crane Middle School students better understand the English language -- and ultimately will help them as they move into high school. The school reports that English is not the primary language spoken at home for 71 percent of its students, and that some students are falling behind in demonstrating proficiency in meeting statestandards. Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) “GEAR UP” program, using the Qwest Foundation’s $12,242 grant, will help renovate Crane Middle School’s Broadcasting Media Studio. Broadcasting classes provide a wonderful opportunity and learning experience for the students.

“They’re creating visual messages, which underscore the very principles we are trying to instill, such as improving grades, developing better study habits and maintaining attendance,” said Crane Middle School principal Linda Huff.
 
GEAR UP, which stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is a federally funded grant, whichaims to reduce the drop-out rate and prepare students to succeed in post secondary education.
 
A separate $5,000 grant to the Yuma County Regional School Readiness Partnership helps fund a resource guide for parents and educators -- emphasizing the importance of early education in preparing children for kindergarten. Additionally, professional development will be provided to early-childhood educators at local colleges, including Arizona Western College and N.A.U.
 
“As a community, we should be proud of the innovative educators in Yuma County,” said Pat Quinn, Qwest president for Arizona. “Because of their creative ideas, Yuma-area students will have the opportunity to prepare for their futures using new, modern equipment and resources.”
 

 

About Qwest

Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class Spirit of Service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest’s powerful combination of award-winning high-speed Internet, home and wireless voice solutions and digital TV includes a new generation of fiber-optic Internet services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.

 

 

About the Qwest Foundation

 

The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.

 

 

The marks that comprise the Qwest logo are registered trademarks of Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.