CenturyLink to connect teachers with technology by offering $70,000 in grants in North Carolina

Applications being accepted Oct. 1, 2014 through Jan. 2, 2015

GREENVILLE, N.C.CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program will open its application process on Oct. 1 for teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.

Full-time PreK-12 classroom teachers in public or private schools in CenturyLink residential service areas are eligible to apply. Visit http://fsrequests.com/CenturyLinkGrant to apply for a grant. The deadline for applications is Jan. 2, 2015.

“With technology now such a normal part of our everyday lives, we are happy to assist teachers who are trying to find new and creative ways to use it in their classrooms,” said Rondi Furgason, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for central and eastern North Carolina. “This is a great opportunity for CenturyLink to help support students by encouraging teachers to expand their use of technology in the classroom.”

Last school year, more than 65 North Carolina teachers applied for grants, with 20 winners selected by a review committee comprised of community members and CenturyLink representatives. The winning teachers’ schools each received a grant to be used by the teachers to purchase technology to benefit students in the classroom:

  • Havelock High School in Craven County was awarded $5,000 to purchase a Makerbot 3D replicator and digitizer in order to start a 3D printer program, which will be integrated into the curriculum for Engineering Technology and Computer Aided Design. Teacher Mark Smith submitted the project.
  • Cape Hatteras Secondary in Buxton was awarded $2,214 to purchase laptops, a document camera, and probeware software that will provide opportunities for students to experience applications of abstract concepts through data collection. Teacher Jessica Polk submitted the project.
  • Hunters Creek Middle School in Jacksonville was awarded $5,000 to purchase Samsung tablet computers for students to create, digitally manipulate, and explore the Visual Arts. Media and Instructional Technology Coach Kelly Mitchell submitted the project.
  • Dixon Middle School in Holly Ridge was awarded $2,000 to purchase a Chromakey Green Screen Kit, 5 iPad minis, and Green Screen Movie FX application allowing students to develop technical skills required to produce a video as well as improve research, writing, collaboration, and speaking skills. Instructional Technology Facilitator Crystal Durham submitted the project.
  • S.W. Snowden Elementary in Aurora was awarded $4,189 to purchase a professional HD camcorder, iPad Air, and a new computer with software to be able to film and edit a student-created news program. Librarian Joy McCracken submitted the project.
  • Greenfield School in Wilson was awarded $5,000 to purchase a SMART Board and Think Pad Twist Tablet for their kindergarten class. The Head of the Kindergarten Department Robin Morrison submitted the project.

The Foundation will award more than $1.4 million in grants to support technology in the classroom through its 2014-2015 Teachers and Technology program, offered throughout the company’s service areas in the U.S.

Grant winners will be announced between April 1 - May 15, 2015.

About the CenturyLink Foundation

CenturyLink’s vision is to improve lives, strengthen businesses and connect communities by delivering advanced technologies and solutions with honest and personal service. CenturyLink extends this vision through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to contributing to endeavors that improve the well-being and overall quality of life for people throughout CenturyLink’s communities. Named after CenturyLink’s founder Clarke M. Williams, the Foundation is endowed by CenturyLink to support community initiatives that encourage our employees to use their time, talents and resources to strengthen the communities in which they live and work.



For more information, please contact Derek Kelly, (252) 378-8022 or Derek.T.Kelly@centurylink.com.



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