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Press Release -- May 16th, 2012
Source: CenturyLink

CenturyLink Teachers and Technology awards $150,000 to Colorado teachers

Grants awarded in partnership with Public Education and Business Coalition

May 16, 2012

DENVER CenturyLink, in partnership with the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), today is awarding $150,000 in grants to Colorado teachers through the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program at a reception at the Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion. The grants averaging approximately $4,400 each will be distributed to 87 teachers at 34 schools across the Colorado. More than 8,000 students will be impacted by the new technology in the classrooms, and more than 150 teachers will have access to the technology.

In its sixth year funded by the CenturyLink Foundation, CenturyLink Teachers and Technology seeks to identify, highlight and recognize Colorado Pre-K-12 teachers who are using technology to help their students learn and achieve. The program has given away more than $850,000 in Colorado over the past six years, benefiting 40,000 students.

“As school budgets tighten, more and more teachers are looking for alternative ways to enhance the learning experience for their students, and the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program is available to these innovative teachers,” said Scott Russell, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for Denver and Northern Colorado and PEBC board member. “CenturyLink’s vision is to improve people’s lives by delivering advanced technologies. We do that with our customers and are proud to work with PEBC to give support directly to teachers doing the same thing for their students.”

This year, the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program expanded to include 138 school districts across Colorado. A review committee comprised of representatives from CenturyLink, PEBC and various business and nonprofit leaders identified the 34 grantees out of almost 400 applications received.

The teachers will use the funds to purchase items like iPads to engage students. At Centennial Elementary in the Harrison School District, the devices will be used with students performing drastically below grade level for literacy to teach phonics, vocabulary and reading. At the Denver Center for International Studies within Denver Public Schools, iPads will allow students to collaborate on projects over the Internet with more than 30,000 schools in 130 countries. At Foothill Elementary in the Boulder Valley School District, teachers will purchase sound field amplification technology for a first grade classroom with hearing impaired and special needs students. At Heaton Middle School in Pueblo, a new LEGO® Mindstorm Robotics Engineering set will engage at-risk seventh and eighth graders in science class.

Schools Receiving a CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant for 2012-2013:


Achieve Academy – Mapleton School District

Beaver Elementary School – Brush School District

Bookcliff Middle School – Mesa County District

Branson School Online – Branson School District RE-82

Boston K – 8 – Adams Arapahoe 28

Castle Rock Middle School – Douglas County School District

Centennial Elementary School – St. Vrain School District

Centennial Elementary School – Harrison School District

Crystal River Elementary School – Roaring Fork RE-1

Denver Center International Studies at Ford – Denver Public Schools

Falcon Elementary School – Falcon School District 49

Foothill Elementary – Boulder Valley School District

Frontier Valley Elementary School – Douglas County School District

Hayden Secondary – Hayden School District

Heaton Middle School – Pueblo City School District

Heritage High Schools – Littleton Public Schools

High Plains Elementary – Academy 20

Highland Elementary School – Ault Highland School District

Highland Middle School – Weld RE-9

Ignacio Junior High – Ignacio School District

Overland High School – Denver Public Schools

Palmer Ridge High School – Lewis Palmer School District

Peak to Peak High School – Boulder Valley School District

Pioneer Elementary School – Douglas County School District

Prairie Middle School – Cherry Creek School District

Ralph Moody Elementary School – Littleton Public Schools

Rocky Mountain Deaf School – Jefferson County Public Schools

SOAR Charter School

Summit Middle School – Academy School District 20

Swanson Elementary School – Jefferson County Public Schools

Trinidad Middle School – Trinidad School District

Westlake Middle School – Adams 12 Five Star

Wray High School – Wray School District

For further information: John Hall, 303-992-4336

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