IDAHO FALLS, Idaho CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced today the grant winners from its Middle School Philanthropy program chosen by students at Rocky Mountain Middle School in Idaho Falls. Students in several classes researched nonprofit organizations in the Idaho Falls area and chose the Snake River Animal Shelter, Good Samaritan and the Veteran's Home to share the $3000 grant. The grants will be awarded at 9 a.m. on May 9 at Rocky Mountain 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.”

Rocky Mountain Middle School was one of eight middle schools in Idaho who 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.

 “The opportunity to participate in this grant process was a great one for my Advisory class,” said James Lauritsen, one of the teachers whose students participated in the project.  “The students really pulled together and worked as a team. One of the big results of the project was the way the experience unified the students in my class and created a friendship between them.  I am grateful to CenturyLink for this opportunity for my students to look outside themselves and see needs in the community and then to have been able to help meet some of those needs.”

About CenturyLink

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.