BOISE, Idaho CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently donated $24,000 in grants to 22 nonprofit organizations around Idaho as part of the company’s Middle School Philanthropy Program. Students at eight middle schools across the state were allowed to distribute $3,000 per school among local nonprofits impacting their particular community. 

As part of the program, students in selected classes at the schools picked each nonprofit after doing research on the various organizations and voting as a group on how to allocate their funds. The program’s purpose was to increase awareness among middle school students of various needs in their communities. In addition, the program aimed to create a lifelong interest in volunteerism and community involvement, develop skills to allocate limited resources and increase civic engagement.


“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.”


The eight schools that distributed grants to nonprofits were:

  • Sawtooth Middle School in Meridian, where student council members awarded $1,000 to St. Luke’s Cares Program, $1,000 to the Women and Children’s Alliance and $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho.
  • West Middle School in Nampa, where students in Whitney Johnson’s class awarded $1,000 to the Special Olympics, $1,000 to the Canyon County Animal Shelter and $1,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Rocky Mountain Middle School in Idaho Falls, where students awarded $2,000 to the Snake River Animal Shelter, $500 to Good Samaritan and $500 to the Veteran’s Home.
  • William Thomas Middle School in American Falls, where students in Melanie Williams’ class awarded $1,200 to AF iMPACT, $300 to South Eastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA), $1,200 to the Little Theater and $300 to the Gerald Fehringer Youth Center.
  • Grangeville Middle School in Grangeville, where seventh-grade students in Bernadette Edwards’ classes awarded $550 to the Hope Pregnancy Center of Central Idaho, $1,300 to the Grangeville Boosters, $600 to the Animal Ark and $550 to the Friends of Centennial Library.
  • Wendell Middle School in Wendell, where students in Robert Moore’s Social Studies class awarded $3,000 to Camp Rainbow Gold.
  • Anser Charter School in Boise, where Diane Williams’ class awarded $3,000 to the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.
  • Salmon Middle School in Salmon, where student in Russ Chinske’s classes awarded $1,000 to the Mahoney Family Safety Center, $1,000 to the Salmon Search and Rescue and $1,000 to the Lemhi County Humane Society.

“With the generous donation from CenturyLink, the Sawtooth Middle School student leaders were given the great opportunity to make a real difference in their community,” said Jim Core, student council advisor at Sawtooth.“The best thing is that all of the groups work directly with children in our school and community. This was something all of the students thought was most important. Thank you to the forward thinkers at CenturyLink for allowing these students, and all the students here at SMS, to see that giving to those in need is indeed a life-long responsibility.”


“This opportunity has been a wonderful growing experience for our students in Mrs. Johnson’s class,” said West Middle School Principal Stefanie Duby. “They have gained a greater appreciation for the needs within our community, allowing them to let go of the focus on their own needs. We appreciate CenturyLink giving us the opportunity to reach beyond our school walls and impact our community.”


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