Junction City, Kan. – 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 Tim
White, CenturyLink vice president of operations for Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. “It’s encouraging
to see teachers’ enthusiasm for bringing new learning tools and techniques into their classrooms.
We are pleased to be able to help expose students to more educational technology in their daily
Across the country, more than 1,000 grant applications were received. In Kansas, more than a
dozen teachers applied, with two winning schools selected by a review committee comprised of
community members and a CenturyLink representative. The winning teachers’ schools received
grants to be used to purchase technology to benefit students in the classroom.
Osawatomie High School was awarded $4,946.89 to purchase a color printer to create graphic
designs for screen prints for t-shirts, CorelDraw software to design screen prints, and a vinyl cutter
to create window decals, signs, etc., that will be sold in the new school store run by students. The
application was submitted by Kinda Williams.
Royal Valley High School was awarded $5,000 to introduce coding, animation, and robotics to
students enrolled in computer classes through the use of Finch and Hummingbird Duo robots.
These robotic devices have been developed specifically to make introductory classes to computer
science engaging for students. Students will work in teams and complete lessons designed to
explore coding and robotics. The application was submitted by teacher Teri Griffiths.
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.