Las Vegas Schools Awarded more than $35,000 in Grants from CenturyLink for Innovative Technology Projects
LAS VEGAS, NV – April 27, 2015 – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the 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 classrooms.
“We were excited to see the innovation and creativity in this year’s grant applications,” said Jeremy Ferkin, CenturyLink VP of Operations West Region. “It’s encouraging to see teachers’ enthusiasm for bringing new learning tools and techniques into their classrooms, and we are pleased to be able to help expose students to more educational technology in their daily school lives.”Across the country, more than 1,000 grant applications were received. In Las Vegas, a review committee comprised of community members and a CenturyLink representative selected eight winning schools. The winning teachers’ schools received grants to be used to purchase technology to benefit students in the classroom:Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School was awarded almost $5,000 to purchase iPad Minis, educational applications along with attendance to the 2015 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. Grant will aid students with autism to better communicate and learn academics through hands-on technology. Teacher Brenda McNair submitted this project.
East Career and Technical Academy was awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase iPod Touches for students to enhance their learning of science and technology through apps while also incorporating technology on a daily basis and collaborating with peers. Teacher Bonny Warby submitted the project.
Ed W. Clark High School was awarded more than $4,000 to purchase Dual Control Starter kits for the Robotics program which will help students develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. STEM teacher Jean Moran submitted this project.
Helen Marie Smith Elementary School was awarded more than $2,500 to purchase iPad Minis and iTunes gift card for educational applications which aims to help higher-level students excel in problem based and technology lessons. Gifted Specialist Amie Blumenthal submitted the project.
Jim Bridger Middle School was awarded approximately $5,000 to purchase MacBooks and an Apple TV to create a collaborative learning experience; students and teachers will use vast digital resources to create interactive books, presentations, and projects. Teacher Amy White submitted the project.
Legacy High School was awarded $5,000 to purchase chemistry lab probe-ware for AP Chemistry students to raise student competence and experience in working with true college-level lab instruments. Teacher Matthew Totaro submitted this project.
Silvestri Junior High School was awarded more than $4,000 to purchase 3D engineering software and printing technologies such as the MakerBot 5th Generation Replicator and MakerBot MakerCare; technologies will help implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and offer students applied opportunities to develop deeper understandings and insights into the Engineering career field. Librarian Julie Curl submitted the project.
Spring Mountain Youth Camp was awarded $4,500 to purchase a MakerBot printer and 3D modeling software for art students to build out sculptures, discover innovations in digital art, and advance in the design and engineering field. Art Department Chair Bradley Combs submitted this 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.