CenturyLink Foundation awards over $50,000 to Missouri schools for innovative technology projects

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced the twelve Missouri winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program 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. The Missouri National Education Association administered the grant program for the Foundation.

More than 90 teachers applied for grants, with twelve winners selected by a review committee comprised of community members and a CenturyLink representative.

  • Alma: Santa Fe R-X High School received $5,000 to purchase a SmartBoard and clicker system for 8-12 grade math classes. Teacher Rebecca Morse submitted the project to create a more interactive class and to provide students immediate feedback.
  • Centerview: Crest Ridge High School, part of the Johnson County R-VII school district, received $3,560. The funds will purchase mp4 players, headphones and flash drives so students can view lectures outside of class even when they do not have a computer at home. This frees up class time for activities that generate deeper learning. Teacher Carole Del Vecchio submitted the project.
  • El Dorado Springs: El Dorado Springs schools received $5,000 to purchase twenty Chromebook computers to allow students in grades 3-12 to work collaboratively on communication arts projects using Google Docs. Teacher Barbara Walsh submitted the project.
  • Fort Leonard Wood: Wood Elementary School, part of the Waynesville R-VI School District, received $1,970 to purchase iPads for student use. Students will be able to document experiments and gather data in the outdoor classroom, create graphs, do peer editing and produce videos, then lead learning by sharing their work on the classroom SmartBoard. Teacher Robin Woolsey submitted the project.
  • Hermann: St. George School, part of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, received $5,000 to purchase laptops for starting a robotics-based science and math program. Teacher Kim Hoemann submitted the project.
  • Houston: Houston High School received $4,280 to purchase NetBooks and math software for student use in algebra class. Teacher Mandy Adey submitted the project.
  • Ironton: Arcadia Valley Elementary School received $5,000 to purchase computer tablets. The grant provides a tablet for each student in one third-grade class. This project will serve as a pilot before possible expansion of computer access for students. Jennifer Sutton, a third-grade teacher in the district, submitted the project.
  • Laddonia: Community R-VI High School received $4,400 to purchase ten computer tablets and keyboards for agricultural science classes. Teacher Stacy French submitted the project.
  • O’Fallon: Fort Zumwalt South High School received $4,000 to purchase two 3-D printers and supplies to produce prototypes of student designs. Prototypes allow students to identify and solve design problems. Teacher Buzz Brown submitted the project.
  • O’Fallon: Fort Zumwalt West High School received $3,100 to purchase computers for student use in special education classes. Teacher Casey Huff submitted the project.
  • O’Fallon: Fort Zumwalt West Middle School received $5,000 to purchase LearnPad tablets for science exploration and research. Teacher Kristine Sontheimer submitted the project.
  • Saint James: Lucy W. James Elementary received $5,000 to purchase iPads, headphones, and appropriate applications for the preschool program. Teacher Amanda Gibson submitted the project.
The Foundation awarded more than $50,000 in grants to Missouri schools to support technology in the classroom through the 2013-2014 Teachers and Technology program.


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.

About Missouri NEA

The Missouri National Education Association serves as the united voice to promote, advance and protect public education and to advocate for the rights and interests of students, public schools and public school employees. The 35,000-member MNEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3.2 million-member NEA.

Posted Date: 4/25/2014
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