Five Ouachita Parish teachers awarded CenturyLink Foundation technology grants

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 MONROE, La. – (5/16/19) With the goal of better equipping students across the country to succeed in today’s digital economy, CenturyLink, Inc. is awarding over $750,000 to fund nearly 200 classroom projects as part of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s 2018-2019 Teachers and Technology grant program.  

View a complete list of the 2018-19 CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grants here. Five of the teachers listed teach in Ouachita Parish. 

  • Judy Williamson at QuesTECH Learning in Monroe
  • Asia Brown at J.S. Clark Magnet Elementary School in Monroe
  • Jackie Trim at Pinecrest Elementary Middle School in West Monroe
  • Ashley Hood at Pinecrest Elementary and Middle School in West Monroe
  • Mitzi Murray at West Monroe High School in West Monroe

The Teachers and Technology program, which is designed to improve how classrooms leverage technology and innovation, has awarded more than $11 million since its inception. The program awards grants of up to $5,000 per project to schools in CenturyLink’s local service and corporate locations on behalf of pre-K through 12th grade teachers who have developed plans to implement technology in their classrooms. 

“CenturyLink recognizes the importance of introducing young people to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM,” said Sondra Smith, CenturyLink director of corporate social responsibility (CSR). “STEM competencies help students think more creatively, view the world through a different lens and search for new possibilities.” 

Grants funded through the 2018-19 program will provide a range of equipment to classrooms, including robotics, drones, virtual reality mechanisms, laptops, microscopes and more. This equipment will enable students to learn about and embrace newer technologies, which will help ready them for future jobs across the nation and the world.  
 
Key Facts:

  • Across the United States, more than 1,300 grant applications were submitted to the grants program and 180 were awarded based on how they will benefit students in the classroom and the overall innovation of the project.
  • The CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program, which began in 2008, has awarded more than $11 million to fund technology-based learning projects to date.
  • CenturyLink service is neither required nor considered in the review of applications.

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