CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the two Jacksonville-area winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program, which has been offered since 2008, awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classroom.

“We are very pleased to be a part of providing innovative technology in the classroom that enhances the learning experience for students in these schools,” said Rondi Furgason, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for central and eastern North Carolina. “It is exciting to see teachers implement creative teaching techniques that assist students in hands-on learning.”

More than 65 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:

  • 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.

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.