The Odessa Record -

Harrington elementary gets grant


April 26, 2018

--Photo courtesy of Nate Lathrop.

Harrington superintendent/principal Justin Bradford and elementary teacher Rachel Roberts hold the check from CenturyLink awarded based on an application submitted by Roberts for technology assistance.

Seattle, WA – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program, which began in 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 innovatively implement technology in their classrooms. CenturyLink has awarded nearly 2 million dollars to teachers in Washington state since 2008.

“The grant applications we received this year were creative, innovative and outlined a definite need for technology in the classrooms throughout the state of Washington. The teachers requested a variety of technology to help their students learn more effectively and enrich their classroom experience,” said Sue Anderson, CenturyLink Vice President of Operations for Washington. “We are pleased to be able to help these passionate educators expose their students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEAM) concepts in their daily school lives.”

Across the U.S., more than 2,000 grant applications were submitted, and 337 were awarded. Grants were funded based on the impact they will have on students in the classroom and the overall innovation of the project. CenturyLink service is neither required nor considered in the review of applications.

In Washington, approximately $94,000 is being awarded to 21 teachers at 20 schools throughout the state.

• Harrington Elementary

Sphero My Hero - An Adventure in Robotics and Learning $2909.80

With six iPad Minis and six Sphero Mini Robotic Balls, the CenturyLink Grant will give students experience in coding. Coding drives innovation, creativity, confidence, incorporates other subject areas and is a valuable skill in a technological future.

• Keller Elementary

Orienteering Towards the Future: Mapping and GPS Skills $ 2,700

Silva Ranger Compasses, Esri Open Source software and Garmin ETrex10 handheld GPS Navigators will be purchased with this funding for the students to create maps, study more current maps, design a park and create a scale model. They will get a spacial sense of their world and go beyond the perception that technology is limited to phones, games, and computers for YouTube videos.

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.


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