CenturyLink, Inc. recently announced Stories Creek Elementary School as a winner of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology grant program.
The program, which has been offered since 2008, awards grants of up to $5,000 to schools in CenturyLink's local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to implement technology in their classrooms in an innovative way.
Stories Creek was awarded $4,743 to purchase iPads, Osmos and charging stations.
The Osmo iPad attachment turns the tablet into the students' creating field by allowing students to invent, sketch and digitally create a blueprint of their three-dimensional idea. Art teacher Amanda Bedo submitted the project.
Across the United States, more than 1,000 grant applications were submitted and 314 were awarded, including 26 in the state of North Carolina.
The Foundation will award more than $1.3 million in grants, of which $95,000 will be in North Carolina to support technology in the classroom through its 2015-2016 Teachers and Technology program.
Grants were selected based on the impact they will have on students in the classroom and the overall innovation of the project.
"The winning teachers' grant applications were inspirational. They demonstrated creative teaching techniques that would be used to assist students in fully understanding subject matter, often times using hands-on learning," said Rondi Furgason, CenturyLink vice president for operations in North Carolina. "We are pleased to be able to help these passionate educators expose their students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts in their daily school lives, said Fergason."
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 Century- Link's founder, Clarke M. Williams, the foundation is endowed by CenturyLink to support community initiatives that encourage CenturyLink employees to use their time, talents and resources to strengthen the communities in which they live and work.
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