GRANGEVILLE, Idaho CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced today the grant winners from its Middle School Philanthropy program chosen by students at Grangeville Middle School. Seventh-grade students in Bernadette Edwards’ classes researched nonprofit organizations in the Grangeville area and chose the Hope Pregnancy Center of Central Idaho, Grangeville Boosters, Animal Ark and Friends of Centennial Library to share the $3,000 grant. The grants were awarded May 14 at the 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.”

Grangeville 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.

“Our seventh-grade students investigated local nonprofit organizations through the internet and many phone discussions,” said Edwards. “They gathered information about a nonprofit they thought deserving, and then created PowerPoints that would persuade their classmates to vote for their organization. Each student in the class voted for the PowerPoint that was most convincing. This was a great opportunity for the students to understand what a nonprofit is, and to realize how many nonprofits we have in the area. It was icing on the cake that they got to give actual support to those organizations; the students loved to allocate CenturyLink’s contributions! Thank you to CenturyLink for this great program!”   

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.