CenturyLink and the Minnesota Business Partnership announce 2015 Teachers and Technology grant program winners

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program, administered by the Minnesota Business Partnership, 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.

“Teachers across Minnesota are using CenturyLink grants to implement new classroom technology and engage students in active learning,” said Duane Ring, CenturyLink regional president. “We are proud of the leadership role CenturyLink plays to impact STEM education in Minnesota.”

Since 2008, CenturyLink has worked with the Minnesota Business Partnership to advance STEM education through the Teachers and Technology grant program.

“The CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant program helps foster innovation in the classroom, connecting teachers with the technology and tools they need to educate tomorrow’s workforce,” said Charlie Weaver, Executive Director of the Minnesota Business Partnership. “It is tremendously gratifying to see such outstanding teachers rewarded for finding new and creative ways to reach students.”

Across the country, more than 1,000 grant applications were received. In Minnesota, a blue ribbon panel of educators and a CenturyLink representative reviewed applications. During the month of May, representatives awarded grants to 18 winning applicants in Minnesota.

Here is the full list of the 2015 Minnesota Teachers and Technology grant program winners:

  • Buffalo Community Middle School, $4,904 to support Chrome Book Inquiry project submitted by teacher Amanda Hastings.
  • Buffalo Community Middle School, $4,787.88 to support iPads for Ability project submitted by teacher Michelle Neutz.
  • Buffalo Community Middle School, $5,000 to support Online Map and Analysis ARC project submitted by teacher David Casey.
  • Chaska Middle School West, $4,991.95 to support Next Generation of Music Education project submitted by teacher Eric Songer.
  • Foley St. John’s Area School, $4,986.72 to support Superkids Reading program submitted by teacher Karen Thorsten.
  • Foley St. John’s Area School, $4,975.98 to support SuperKids Reading with Technology program submitted by teacher Sandy Anderson.
  • Foley St. John’s Area School, $4,939.85 to support Geopolitical Dynamics in Minnesota project submitted by teacher Marlys Van Nevel.
  • Fulda Elementary School, $4,861.21 to support Integrating Technology into Reading and Math project submitted by teacher Susan Lee.
  • Lake Region Christian School, $1,200 to support Classroom Response System project submitted by teacher Julie Kovacik.
  • Moose Lake Elementary School, $5,000 to support iPads for 4th Grade project submitted by teacher Charles Borak.
  • Mahtomedi High School, $5,000 to support Engineering Curriculum Enhancements project submitted by teacher Matthew Young.
  • Nisswa Elementary School, $5,000 to support Linking Kiddos to the 21st Century project submitted by teacher Holly Olson.
  • Pillager Elementary School, $2,000 to support QR Codes project submitted by teacher Kalyn Ivers.
  • Rochester Lincoln K-8 Choice School, $5,000 to support Lead the Way project submitted by teacher Elizabeth Koehler.
  • Cloud Talahi Community School, $4,800 to support Robotic Kits for Talahi project submitted by teacher Lauren Pettersen.
  • Cloud South Junior High School, $4,600 to support 21st Century HighFlyers project submitted by teacher Garrick Grace.
  • Cloud Cathedral High School, $5,000 to support Engineering their Future project submitted by teacher Erik Ellingboe.
  • Windom Area Schools & Red Rock Ridge Schools, $1,560 to support Interacting via iPads project submitted by teacher Becky Kolander.


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.

About the Minnesota Business Partnership

The Minnesota Business Partnership is composed of more than 100 men and women representing a broad range of business interests, political perspectives and personal philosophies. As chief executives of Minnesota’s largest employers, however, they are united by the Partnership’s mission: Maintain a high quality of life for all Minnesotans by ensuring that the state’s economy remains strong, globally competitive, and its prospects for growth bright.